Resources for the Development of Entrepreneurs

A Guided Reading List and Annotated Bibliography for Trainers, Planners, Decision-Makers and Administrators in Government and Non-Governmental Organisations You do not have access to this content

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George Manuh, Ronald Brown
01 Feb 1987
9781848594227 (PDF)
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  • Preface

    Small-scale enterprises are increasingly being identified as having a crucial place in strategies for economic and social development. They are seen as valuable not only for their employment and commercial value but also for the contribution they can make to community development, and to improving the situation of members of disadvantaged groups in developing countries, particularly youth, women and refugees.

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  • Expand / Collapse Hide / Show all Abstracts Basic Issues in Entrepreneur Development

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    • Introduction

      Two contrasting lines of thought have led to the preparation of this bibliography. The first is the increasing reliance which many governments are placing on the small business sector, and the second is the relatively high rate of failure of small business which is commonly reported.

    • Introduction to Entrepreneurship

      This section provides an introduction to the concept of entrepreneurship. A guide to further reading is provided at the end of each section.

    • Identification and Selection of Entrepreneurs

      Many institutions 'find' potential entrepreneurs by simply advertising and making their services widely known. Generally, this poses few, if any, problems. The more difficult task lies in selecting from amongst potential candidates those who are most likely to benefit from training and other assistance to set up and to be successful in their own businesses.

    • Identifying Training Needs of Entrepreneurs

      This section provides a review of the main issues relating to the identification of the training needs of entrepreneurs.

    • Government Policy on the Development of Small Business

      Two fundamental questions may be posed in relation to the above topic: firstly, what role, if any, should or could government play in assisting small businesses and secondly, which institution should be charged with delivering assistance and allied to this, what services should be organised?

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    • Entrepreneurship Development Programmes

      In Part I, attention was focussed on an understanding of the concept and the issues surrounding the development of entrepreneurship, as well as the organisation of assistance based on identified needs of would-be beneficiaries of services offered and on other local conditions.

    • Training, Trainers and Methods

      The point was made earlier when reviewing entrepreneur development programmes that the "personality" of the trainer is an important element in the success of entrepreneurial development. In addition his/her experience and background are also important. It is not enough for the trainer merely to 'know' the subject - he or she also needs to have credibility with the trainees.

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    • Refugees

      The last ten years have witnessed an increase in the number of refugees and displaced persons as more and more people, for political or religious reasons or on account of being displaced by wars, have sought asylum elsewhere. There are currently about ten million refugees in the world of whom most are in the third world.

    • Women

      1976 saw the declaration of the UN Decade for Women, which officially ended at the end of 1985. Stressing equality, development and peace, its aims and those of the World Conference on Women in 1980, which was particularly concerned with employment, health and education, are as relevant today as they were ten years ago to the problems faced by women, especially in developing countries. In 1985 the world community agreed the "Forward-Looking Strategy for the Advancement of Women - a Guide for Action and Implementation".

    • Youth

      In most developing countries, the youth - defined as young people aged up to 18 years (in other definitions up to 21 years) - comprise the majority of the population. Whilst a proportion of them would be at school, a larger number would have finished, dropped out or never attended beyond primary level, if at all. Of the relatively few who manage to complete secondary school, less than half would go to sixth form or into vocational training and, of these, only a fraction would enter university (or higher education) or into a profession.

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