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Research Seminar Exploring the inherent desire to be an entrepreneur among youths in a developing country context

ISM kindly invites to participate in Research Seminar "Aspirations or Apathy: Exploring the inherent desire to be an entrepreneur among youths in a developing country context", led by Jamelia Harris, Dphil Candidate University of Oxford (UK).
 
Seminar will take place on the 15th of November, 10:30, room 501.
 
Abstract
Promoting entrepreneurship as a means of stimulating economic growth and creating employment in developing countries has become a leading initiative among development partners, and some national governments. The developing country entrepreneur is championed as a driver of economic growth, poverty alleviation and social development. This, among other reasons, has led to an increased focus on enabling entrepreneurships through micro-credit, on-lending agreements, skills development programmes and information sharing. These all address the supply side of the problem. This paper attempts to understand the demand side by asking two simple questions: (i) do young people in developing countries want to be entrepreneurs? And, (ii) what distinguishes the aspirational African entrepreneur from the rest?  To answer these questions, I use primary data collected in Sierra Leone in 2017; and employ both quantitative and qualitative methods in the analysis. Findings show that only 2.6 percent desire to be an entrepreneur a-priori, though a higher proportion resort to entrepreneurship as a survival mechanism. In addressing the demand for entrepreneurship, I aim to bring some equality to the debate, which has primarily focus on increasing entrepreneurship by relaxing side-side constraints. 
 
Speaker bio
Jamelia Harris holds a BSc. in Economics and Actuarial Science from the University of Southampton, an MSc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is currently reading for a DPhil in International Development at the University of Oxford. Jamelia also teaches tutorials on Research Methods to masters students at the Oxford Department of International Development; and Development Economics to masters students at ISM University, Vilnius. In addtion to this, Jamelia has several years of policy experinece. She has worked on Public Financial Management (PFM) issues including cash management, debt management and public investment management in Sierra Leone for over 5 years under Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Fellowship Scheme, and then as a consultant with the Budget Strengthening Initiative (BSI). More recently, she has been providing inputs with Fiscus Ltd on a PFM project which offers support to the Government of Ethiopia. Jamelia has also worked on various research projects with the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), the University of the West Indies and the University of Oxford. 
 
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