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Social entrepreneurship and post conflict recovery in Uganda

Journal article
Authors A. Sserwanga
R. I. Kiconco
Malin Nystrand
R. Mindra
Published in Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy
Volume 8
Issue 4
Pages 300-317
ISSN 1750-6204
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Social Work
Pages 300-317
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1108/JEC-02-2014-0001
Keywords Lord’s Resistance Army, Post conflict recovery, Social entrepreneurs Social entrepreneurship
Subject categories Social and Economic Geography, Social Work, Globalization Studies

Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this study was to explore the role social entrepreneurship has played in post conflict recovery in Gulu district in northern Uganda. Design/methodology/approach An exploratory and qualitative research design was used to examine the role of social entrepreneurship in post conflict recovery in the Gulu community located in Uganda. A sample of five social entrepreneurs and 15 beneficiaries were interviewed. Findings The findings revealed that there is an association between active social entrepreneurship and post conflict recovery. Social entrepreneurship was found to create opportunity recognition, networking and innovation at both an individual and societal level. Research limitations/implications The generalization of the findings was limited by sample and method. A cross-sectional design that was used does not allow for a long-term impact study and limited empirical published research done. Originality/value This in-depth richness provides a clearer appreciation of the role social entrepreneurs’ play in post conflict recovery.

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