Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa : The Collaborative Multi-Stakeholders Network Model

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Kwesiga, Eileen
James, Channelle D.
Juma, Norma
Washburn University. School of Business
Kaw Valley Bank
Issue Date
February 2015
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This paper focuses on the social context in which sustainable entrepreneurship flourishes. Our aim is to provide a framework for understanding the creation and emergence of social value and sustainability within an entrepreneurial context. We used the cross-case analysis to analyse the 49 archival cases and the nested approach to examine interview scripts gathered from two companies: Honey Care Africa nd Oliberte. Key findings: Whereas the entrepreneur is the central hub of venturing there is strong interdependence with its partners. Incidental findings: Financial self-sufficiency is neither the sole nor a leading criterion used to measure sustainability among the 49 archival cases. Most organizations emphasized gender equality and inclusive approach in all their initiatives. Schools were used as centers for training and disseminating information while universities were engaged mostly in research projects. Building schools, supporting schools or paying school fees were strong motivation for starting enterprises.