Implementation of entrepreneurship development programmes as a strategy of poverty alleviation in Kawangware slum, Nairobi county.
Kimani, Margaret W
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Entrepreneurship is increasingly recognized as an important initiator of growth, innovation and especially new job creations. Poverty has been singled out has a malignant challenge to most of underdeveloped and developing nations across the world. Poverty has been a persistent problem which has crippled systems of developing and underdeveloped nations which is correlated to high rate of employment in countries all over the world. Though variation has been observed in terms of poverty levels and the extent of unemployment among nations, then it should not be presumed that poverty aggravation has reduced but rather it is a clear lens to view its prevalence among developing nations is still an obstacle to maximum use of human resource in development of national economies. Growth in technology transforms any country and this has been achieved through entrepreneurial efforts of scientific innovators who transform their ideas into tangible and resourceful technology and as a result gain employment. It has also been established that entrepreneurship development programmes are changing over time in a manner that follows the changes in vision and technology. Management change involves innovative thinking and desire to exploit the opportunity. This can be achieved through change in technology and creative thinking so as to produce new value and realize the necessary changes in the society.The area of focus was slum dwelling in Nairobi County precisely the Kawangware slum, as a representative whereby these areas are highly populated and most of the residents are known to be living under absolute poverty. Both descriptive and inferential statistics was used to analyse the data. Simple descriptive statistics were employed to analyze quantitative data. The study found that participation has been low in entrepreneurship development programs. Further the study found that illiteracy and lack of awareness is an impediment to participation by Kawangware SMEs in entrepreneurial program. Based on the study findings it can be recommended that, due to the positive relationship between entrepreneurship training and Kawangware SMEs performance
University of Nairobi