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Title:Black Entrepreneurs, Local Embeddedness and Regional Economic Development in Northern Namibia
Author:Knutsen, Hege M.
Year:2003
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:41
Issue:4
Period:December
Pages:555-586
Language:English
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:regional development
black entrepreneurs
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3876354
Abstract:This article addresses possibilities and barriers to economic activity and development in the Oshana region of northern Namibia. The focus is on the role of local embeddedness of economic activities in attaining economic development. A network perspective, based on theories of value chains that are embedded both in social relations and spatially, is selected as the analytical framework. The value chains of local black entrepreneurs in the study area are short. Moreover, the analysis reveals that social obligations may impede economic development, but that such practices are diminishing. The economic dominance and competition from South Africa is the main impediment to economic development in northern Namibia. Local political embeddedness is shallow and political measures have not significantly reduced the implications of this dominance. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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