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Capacities and governance in Kenya: lessons in technology transfer

Author: Kroesen, J.O. · Ndegwah, D.
Faculty:Technology, Policy and Management
Department:Values and Technology
Type:Article in monograph or in proceedings
Source:CESUN 2012: 3rd International Engineering Systems Symposium, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, 18-20 June 2012
Keywords: technology transfer · entrepreneurship · cultural and institutional transition · civil society
Rights: (c) 2012 The Author(s) · Creative Commons BY NC


First the authors set the scene by exploring the main lines of the present development debate. They take a nuanced stand, not only looking at failures of Western development initiatives, but also going into the internal dynamics of African societies which stand in the way of social and economic development. Next they present some case studies of entrepreneurial development initiatives from Kenya. These cases show the difficulties in terms of organization and capacities such initiatives have to deal with, and they also take into consideration the bigger picture in terms of sector development, regulation, and finally civil society and governance issues. Kenya is caught up between a value set of traditional values adapted to small scale ethnic societies, which doesn't exercise its cohesive function like it once did anymore, and modern large-scale and open civil society values, which are not yet fully in place. It is the contention of the authors, that progress is to be made by means of a mutually reinforcing combination of entrepreneurial skills and capacities, i.e. initiatives from below, and adequate institutionalization and regulation from above.

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