Women-owned family businesses in Africa: Entrepreneurs changing the face of progress

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dianne H.B. Welsh, Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Women entrepreneurs are a major economic driver in Africa. The rate of women’s entrepreneurship in Africa is higher than any other region of the world. This chapter focuses on women-owned family businesses and their opportunities, challenges, and future. Studies on women-owned family businesses in Africa are divided into South Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, West Africa, and North Africa, and then by country. By examining specific conditions and support systems in each area of Africa, a better understanding of the African situation for women-owned family businesses emerges. Implications for the further development of policies to promote women-owned family businesses are put forth to better understand the barriers women entrepreneurs face with their own families as well as with the environment they operate in and the solutions that work best. In conclusion, women-owned family businesses in Africa have the highest potential in the world, and with further assistance, that potential will become a reality.

Additional Information

M. Acquaah, (Ed.), Family businesses in sub-Saharan Africa, pp. 155-173. New York: Palgrave MacMillan
Language: English
Date: 2016
social capital, family business, global entrepreneurship, woman entrepreneur, small business owner

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