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Social Capital: Micro and Small Enterprises and Poverty Alleviation in East Africa

by Mary Njeri Kinyanjui, Meleckidzedeck Khayesi

This book, based on an extensive review of literature and fieldwork, contributes to the growing discourse on social capital by examining its use as a strategy for an entry and stay in trade, manufacturing, transport and micro and small enterprises in East Africa. A social capital model in formulated and tested. The book shows how social capital has been articulated and utilized through networks, relationships, norms, values and actions to facilitate entry and stay in these enterprises. The book provides details on how entrepreneurs constantly construct their social capital and evolve business logic and practice that is used in business transactions. The book does not only focus on theory and empirical findings but also derives lessons for poverty-alleviation strategies. It reveals that there are limitations to the application of social capital when it comes to interaction and conflict between different stakeholders in transport enterprises. The political economy model was found to be appropriate in such a case, indicating that the social capital model can be used in combination with other theoretical frameworks.

ISBN 9781904855606 | 148 pages | 229 x 152 mm | 2006 | Organisation for Social Science Research, Ethiopia | Paperback

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