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Theses, Ph.D


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5.2 ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS, Business and Management.

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Thesis submitted in the fulfilment of the requirement for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Although the number of female entrepreneurs in Uganda is increasing, they still lack appropriate entrepreneurship training and access to resources for the efficient running of their entrepreneurial activities. Furthermore, the promotion of rural female entrepreneurship in Uganda is a critical strategy in the creation of businesses and the improvement of the household income for rural female entrepreneurs. This offers them greater levels of independence and a reduced reliance on governmental social support. However, relatively little is known regarding the impact of entrepreneurship training on perceived emancipation of rural female entrepreneurs in Uganda. In this thesis, mixed methods were used to gather data. Firstly, data based on a survey of 298 nascent rural female entrepreneurs was gathered on three separate occasions: (I) Before entrepreneurship training was delivered; (II) Immediately after the entrepreneurship training was delivered, and, (III) Four months after the entrepreneurship training had finished. Secondly, qualitative analysis of the data provided additional information on the perspectives of nascent rural female entrepreneurs and their experiences four months after the training programme. The key finding of this thesis reveals that entrepreneurship training improves the business knowledge, competence and perceived emancipation of female entrepreneurs in rural Uganda. The results also found that on average, the total business knowledge and perceived emancipation scores of these female entrepreneurs, increased immediately following training programme and in the four months after the training programme finished. An overall contribution of this study is that this advancement in knowledge and perceived emancipation for rural female entrepreneurs, may assist in improving female entrepreneurial activities throughout Uganda by informing the appropriate policies.