Pro-Poor, Entrepreneur-Based Innovation and it’s Role in Rural Development

Sonne, Lina (2010). Pro-Poor, Entrepreneur-Based Innovation and it’s Role in Rural Development. UNU-MERIT.

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  • Author Sonne, Lina
    Title Pro-Poor, Entrepreneur-Based Innovation and it’s Role in Rural Development
    Publication Date 2010
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Abstract Innovation spurs economic growth and development. Pro-poor innovation in rural areas is more likely to occur through small-scale ventures and entrepreneurs than industrial research and development. Whilst previous rural development policies have focussed on small-holder agriculture, the fact is that most rural poor are landless poor and therefore unlikely to benefit greatly from agriculture-based policies. Instead most poor are entrepreneurs, running micro ventures, often at subsistence levels in both agriculture related and non-farm sectors. Though most rural poor are entrepreneurs out of necessity, a few are opportunity entrepreneurs pursuing a profitable business, innovating and looking to grow. These are the growth focussed entrepreneurs that are likely to have a large indirect effect on the poor by providing employment opportunities as well as improved good and service. This paper discusses the concept of propoor entrepreneur-based innovation (PEBI) by reviewing existing literature on rural development, innovation and entrepreneurship.
    UNU Topics of Focus Entrepreneurship
    Keyword Pro-poor innovation
    Rural development
    JEL O18
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2010
    ISSN 1871-9872
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