ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR AFROCOLOMBIAN WOMEN DISPLACED BY POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC VIOLENCE

R V Villegas, A C Martinez Romero

Abstract



The Colombian government and some nongovernmental organizations (NGO) are interested in helping women who have been victims of forced displacement, by the violence in Colombia, to develop entrepreneurial activities that will help them to improve family income and in that way reinsert them in the social tissue. These institutions were not ready to provide the required training and for that reason they contacted the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development at Universidad Icesi to design and implement a programme specifically oriented to the women. This article describes the process, the variables, the difficulties, the activities, the learned lessons and some results when a specific program for Afro-Colombian women was implemented. The experience confirms Gibb’s idea that there areno unique solutions in entrepreneurship education and that every programme designers have to carefully consider the characteristics of the population to be covered and the conditions of the environment.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, NGO, social tissue, institutions and difficulties

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