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Social entrepreneurship as a panacea for insecurity challenges in northern Nigeria

Sagagi, Murtala S. and Inusa, Auwalu (2014) Social entrepreneurship as a panacea for insecurity challenges in northern Nigeria. In: UUM International Conference on Governance 2014 (ICG), 29th - 30th November 2014, Flamingo Hotel By The Beach, Pulau Pinang.

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The myriad of problems facing Northern Nigeria, especially high poverty incidence, illiteracy, economic inequality, and conflicts cannot be adequately overcome by the government alone. There is the urgent need for an alternative community intervention mechanism to compliment government’s efforts in confronting social problems on sustainable basis. Today, Social Entrepreneurship is considered critical in achieving vital socio-economic objectives in nations worldwide. Unfortunately, the subject has not received adequate attention in academic and policy discussions in Nigeria.This paper, therefore, is aimed at examining the concept of Social Entrepreneurship in the Nigerian context and also shows how innovative social interventions have assisted in reducing the menace of insecurity problems in Northern Nigeria.The analysis conducted in the paper has benefited extensively from contemporary literature on the subject, observations and interviews with members of three community organisations in northern Nigeria. Accordingly, the paper found that social entrepreneurship has not been fully understood in Nigeria, even though the activities of social groups have tremendously help in reducing the problem of insecurity bedevilling the region. The community organisations observed lacked proper organisation, funding and capacity.With better enlightenment and sensitisation, coupled with improved capacity to generate and manage funding, community organisations will be in better position to augment government’s initiative in restoring peace and security in the northern Nigeria.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN NO: 978-983-2078-95-1 Organized by: Institute for Governance and Innovation Studies, UUM College of Law, Government and International Studies,Universiti Utara Malaysia In Collaboration with: Fakultas Ilmu Sosial dan Politik,Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, Indonesia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social entrepreneurship, insecurity, northern Nigeria, nonprofits, terrorism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2014 07:11
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2014 07:11
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/12911

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