Millennials empowerment: youth entrepreneurship for sustainable development, Ikedinachi Ogamba
Ikedinachi K. Ogamba
Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
University of Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to contribute to knowledge and theory building in youth empowerment and entrepreneurship development.
Design/methodology/approach: This paper critically examines the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN) programme and its relevance as a youth economic empowerment programme through the lens of the UNDP Youth Strategy entry points for promoting economic empowerment of youth and extant literature on critical youth empowerment using participatory development theories.
Findings: While YouWiN is a significant intervention towards entrepreneurship development, it presents some flaws and limitations in the design and implementation process, which may challenge sustainable economic development. Hence, there is a need to explore the millennials empowerment paradigm in light of three key complementary action-oriented approaches to youth entrepreneurship development.
Originality/value: This paper proposes three key complementary action-oriented approaches to youth entrepreneurship policy/programme design, implementation and evaluation for the multilateral agencies, private and voluntary sectors. These are in the form of facilitating participatory engagement and diversity, managing drivers (push/pull factors) of entrepreneurship, and ensuring access to enablers/support. There is the need for further debate and critical inputs to improve theory building towards a normative framework in youth empowerment and entrepreneurship. This contributes to ending poverty, and promoting intergenerational equity and sustainable development.
Keywords: Empowerment; Entrepreneurship; Youth; Economic development; Theory building; Sustainability.
Citation: Ogamba, I.K. (2019), "Millennials empowerment: youth entrepreneurship for sustainable development", World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 267-278. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJEMSD-05-2018-0048