1st Edition

Entrepreneurship and the Informal Sector Challenges and Opportunities for African Business Development

    122 Pages
    by Routledge

    122 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book contributes to the ongoing discussion around entrepreneurship in Africa and how it can be made more sustainable. The chapters included highlight the need to consider the grey area between private and public sector dichotomy, which has been the focus of previous research efforts. The contributors to this book offer an intersectional view of entrepreneurship and widen the lens of inquiry to include informal sectors in discussions pertaining to innovation in business. The individual chapters consider economic and sociocultural contexts, the role of gender, the effect of militancy on entrepreneurship and informal small and medium enterprises. By doing so, this book argues that the neglect accorded to the informal and self-employment sectors may have hampered African business development in various ways. This book is a significant new contribution to studying informality in relation to business and entrepreneurship. It will be of interest to researchers and advanced students of business, economics, politics, sociology, public policy, and development studies.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of African Business.


    1. Entrepreneurship and the Informal Sector: Challenges and Opportunities for African Business Development

    Nnamdi O. Madichie, Ayantunji Gbadamosi and Pantaleo D. Rwelamila

    2. Women Entrepreneurship and Poverty Alleviation: Understanding the Economic and Socio-Cultural Context of the Igbo Women’s Basket Weaving Enterprise in Nigeria

    Ugochukwu Chinonso Okolie, Christian Ehiobuche, Paul Agu Igwe, Michael Austin Agha-Okoro and Chukwuemeka Christian Onwe

    3. Entrepreneurial Competencies and the Performance of Informal SMEs: The Contingent Role of Business Environment

    Ayodotun Stephen Ibidunni, Oyedele Martins Ogundana and Arinze Okonkwo

    4. Against the Norm? Entrepreneurial Human Capital, Gender and Resource Mobilization in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Ikenna Uzuegbunam, Rachida Aïssaoui and Amy Taylor-Bianco

    5. How to Start an African Informal Entrepreneurial Revolution?

    Paul Agu Igwe and Chinedu Ochinanwata

    6. The Effect of Militancy on Local and Informal Enterprises in Developing Countries: Evidence from Niger Delta

    Ignatius Ekanem, Terence Jackson and Ayebaniminyo Munasuonyo


    Nnamdi O. Madichie is Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Coordinator of the Center for Economic Governance and Leadership at the University of Kigali, Rwanda. He is also Research Fellow at the Bloomsbury Institute in London and Visiting Professor at both the Unizik Business School and Coal City University, Nigeria.

    Ayantunji Gbadamosi is Associate Professor of Marketing and Co-chair for the School Research Ethics Committee at the Royal Docks School of Business and Law at the University of East London, UK.

    Pantaleo D. Rwelamila is Professor of Project Management and Project Procurement Systems at the Graduate School of Business Leadership at the University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria, South Africa.