Entrepreneurship education is widely promoted as an approach to addressing youth unemployment. Contrasting neoliberal and human capabilities frameworks, this article draws attention to the problematic way in which much of the discourse surrounding entrepreneurship conflates programmes designed to spur economic development through business and job creation with those designed to alleviate poverty. Providing examples from the case of one NGO implementing a youth livelihood programme in sub-Saharan Africa, the authors discuss how a capabilities approach illuminates the importance of attending to youth values and addressing the social, material and institutional conditions that mediate how youths' skills and resources are transformed into livelihood opportunities and choices.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This analysis is based on a larger project funded by The Master Card Foundation in a grant to the University of Minnesota. The lead author serves as a co-PI of the project.
- capabilities approach
- entrepreneurship education
- sub-Saharan Africa