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Book chapter2021Peer reviewed

Gender and Rural Entrepreneurship in Digitizing Sub-Saharan Africa

Rutashobya, Lettice Kinunda; Karltun, Linley Chiwona; Wilson, Merezia; Ilomo, Mesia; Semkunde, Mohamed


Entrepreneurial activities in rural context play a significant role in creating employment, food security, and general rural livelihood. However, gendered constraints to the disadvantage of women pose a huge constraint. Digitalization has significant possibilities to minimize these constraints. However, less has been documented on how digitalization addresses the gender constraints to enhance women’s engagement in rural entrepreneurship.

Using case study approach, documentary reviews, and authors’ viewpoints, this chapter explored how digitalization enhances rural women’s entrepreneurial engagements as well as how it addresses the gender constraints. We also mapped issues of rural urban divide and gender divide, in particular, which may stifle the potential benefits of digitalization.

Our findings revealed that digitalization enhances women engagement in rural entrepreneurship through diminishing socio-spatial challenges (gendered social and physical mobility). Nevertheless, these challenges are yet to be eliminated. Investments in digital technology in rural areas and addressing the gendered digitalization are among policy recommendations.


digitalization; rural entrepreneurship; agriculture; gender; sub-Saharan Africa

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Advances in theory and practice of emerging markets
2021, pages: 63-84 Title: Business in Africa in the Era of Digital Technology
ISBN: 978-3-030-70537-4, eISBN: 978-3-030-70538-1

    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG5 Gender equality

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    Gender Studies
    Business Administration

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