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Is youth entrepreneurship the new face of sustainable international development? (Tanzania)

Cobi-Jane Akinrele (2014, Human, Social & Political Sciences)

Contrary to common belief, the environment in less economically developed countries does not limit innovation, but rather through its challenges it creates a canvas on which creativity, job creation and in turn economic development can occur. If this is so, why is it that many young people in Tanzania, for example, see the conditions of their communities as barriers to realising their entrepreneurial aspirations? Volunteering with the Cambridge Development Initiative (CDI) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania , gave me the opportunity to resolve the questions I hoped to answer.

CDI’s entrepreneurship project encompassed two interdependent elements: an Entrepreneurship Practical Training Programme and the DARE to Change Dar: Innovation for Change Youth Entrepreneurship Conference, both of which I worked hard to support for two months in the Summer of 2014. The eight week entrepreneurship program is centred upon creating successful entrepreneurs who will be able to create self-employment in the near future. At the heart of the project as a whole the aim was to connect students with an interest in entrepreneurship from University of Dar es Salaam and the University of Cambridge. In unifying the minds of young people from both universities, through innovation they can solve some of the issues that are faced by growing cities like Dar es Salaam, such as insufficient water supply. Read more

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