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What is the alternative? Youth, entrepreneurship and the developmental state in Urban Ethiopia

Di Nunzio, Marco (2015) What is the alternative? Youth, entrepreneurship and the developmental state in Urban Ethiopia. Development and Change, 46 (5). pp. 1179-1200. ISSN 0012-155X

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Identification Number: 10.1111/dech.12187

Abstract

This article investigates the implementation of small-scale entrepreneurship programmes in inner-city Addis Ababa. Drawing on eighteen months of ethnographic fieldwork, it discusses the failure of these programmes to open up opportunities for social improvement for young people. It also analyses how young people confronted with this failure suggest ways of conceptualizing ‘alternatives’ to established development concepts of poverty reduction, such as microfinance and small-scale entrepreneurship. In doing this, the author does not pretend either to offer a grand solution or to invent a brand new developmental concept. Rather, the aim is to provide a critical commentary on the reasons why some of the current academic debate on alternatives to neoliberalism have, de facto, amounted to an endorsement Ethiopia's political authoritarianism.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2015 International Institute of Social Studies
Divisions: LSE Cities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Cities (Cities Programme)
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 11:33
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 02:48
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84541

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