Jua Kali Kenya : Change and Development in an Informal Economy, 1970-1995
In this remarkable book Kenneth King brings the subject alive through the photographs and life histories of jua kali people. He has also revisited, twenty years later, many of the artisans whom he interviewed exhaustively in the period from 1972 to 1974 and about whom he wrote in The African Artisan, one of the first full-length studies to be published on the informal sector.
For donors, NGOs, and national governments, the book offers many relevant examples, and some cautions, about what has been achieved by ordinary Kenyans, mostly without government support. It will prove equally valuable for students and teachers of development policy, technology policy, and education and training policies not least because of its superb bibliography of over 700 entries related to small enterprise development.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 136.65 x 213.87 x 20.07mm | 349.27g
- 01 Sep 1996
- Ohio University Press
- Athens, United States
- PHotos, maps
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"In response, Jua Kali Kenya offers a uniquely historical and exceptionally well informed perspective on the best understood `informal sector' in Africa and perhaps world-wide. I know of no other country that can match Kenya's efforts to understand the `informal' sector, accept it as a viable component of an emerging economy, and incorporate informal sector planning into national policies and plans.
"The illustrations are an asset. The informal sector is famously hard to visualize especially as a `business' even for a good many of those who now propose to co-opt it as a development mechanism. The pictures make the cast of characters come alive while providing a realistic picture of the sometimes harsh realities of informal sector enterprise."
John P. Grierson, SKAT, Switzerland
About Kenneth King