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Women Empowerment through Entrepreneurship
By T. Lavanya

First Published : 2010
ISBN : 9788177082272
Pages : 230
Binding : Hardbound
Size : 5 x 9
Price : US$ 35
ABOUT THE BOOK

India’s Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-12) has recognized—for the first time—that women are not just as equal citizens but as agents of economic and social growth. The approach to gender equity in the Plan is based on the recognition that interventions in favour of women must be multi-pronged and they must (a) provide women with basic entitlements, (b) address the reality of globalization and its impact on women, (c) ensure an environment free from all forms of violence against women—physical, economic, social and psychological, (d) ensure the participation and adequate representation of women at the highest policy levels and (e) strengthen existing institutional mechanisms and create new ones for gender mainstreaming and effective policy implementation.

Any development strategy will be lop-sided without involving women who constitute half of the world population. Women entrepreneurship has gained momentum since the early 1980s when countries in Asia (particularly India and China) and elsewhere started liberalizing their economies. The resultant globalization propelled by foreign direct investment, technological innovations and manufactured exports has brought a wide range of economic and social opportunities to women entrepreneurs.

The present work deals with various aspects of women entrepreneurship in India. It also explains the experience of other countries in this regard. Moreover, it examines in detail the activities and problems of women entrepreneurs in an important State of India, viz. Andhra Pradesh.


CONTENTS
     
1. Entrepreneurship: Concepts and Dimensions
1.1 Concept of Entrepreneurship
1.2 Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
1.3 Entrepreneurship and Social Organisation
1.4 Functions of Entrepreneurship
1.4.1 Innovation Function
1.4.2 Group Level Pattern Function
1.4.3 Leadership Function
1.4.4 Organisation Building Function
1.4.5 High Achievement Function
1.4.6 Input-completing and Gap Filling Function
1.4.7 Status Withdrawal Function
1.4.8 Social, Political and Economic Functions
1.5 Characteristics of Entrepreneurs
1.6 Entrepreneurship Development in India
1.7 Women Entrepreneurship in India
1.7.1 First Phase: 1947-83
1.7.2 Second Phase: 1983-90
1.7.3 Third Phase: 1991 Onwards
1.8 Motivation for Entrepreneurship among Women
 
2. Literature on Processes of Entrepreneurship Development
2.1 Processes of Entrepreneurship Development
2.2 Entrepreneurship: General
2.3 Entrepreneurship: Characteristics and Motivation
2.4 Entrepreneurship: Selection and Training
2.5 Institutional Support for Entrepreneurship
2.6 Women Entrepreneurship
2.7 Entrepreneurship Training Programmes
2.8 Models of Entrepreneurship Development
 
3. Role of Women in Economic Development
3.1 Gender and Development Approach (GAD)
3.2 Role of Gender in Economic Development
3.3 Concept and Status of Women Entrepreneurs
3.4 Strategies for Developing Women Entrepreneurship
3.5 National Policy for the Empowerment of Women, 2001
3.5.1 Objectives of the Policy
3.5.2 Politico-legal Empowerment of Women
3.5.3 Economic Empowerment of Women
3.5.4 Social Empowerment of Women
3.5.5 Operational Strategies
 
4. Problems of Women Entrepreneurs in India
4.1 Barriers Faced by Women Entrepreneurs
4.1.1 Lack of Confidence
4.1.2 Lack of Working Capital
4.1.3 Socio-Cultural Barriers
4.2 Functions and Role of Women Entrepreneurs
4.3 Problems of Women Entrepreneurs
4.3.1 Financial Constraints
4.3.2 Over-dependence on Intermediaries
4.3.3 Scarcity of Raw Materials
4.3.4 Intense Competition
4.3.5 High Cost of Production
4.3.6 Low Mobility
4.3.7 Family Ties
4.3.8 Social Attitudes
4.3.9 Adverse Effects of Risk Bearing
4.3.10 Lack of Education
4.3.11 Low Need for Achievement
 
5. Efforts to Increase Women Entrepreneurship in India
5.1 Role of Government
5.2 Role of Multinational Corporations (MNCs)
5.3 Role of Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs)
5.4 Micro Credit Programme
5.5 Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP)
5.6 Women Entrepreneurship Development (WED) Programme
5.6.1 Pre-training Stage
5.6.2 Training Stage
5.6.3 Post-training Stage
5.6.4 Awareness Building and Networking
5.6.5 Sensitization Workshops and Networking
5.6.6 Identification and Selection of Potential Women Entrepreneurs
5.6.7 Selection of Tools and Techniques
5.6.8 Curriculum Development
5.6.9 Detailed Curriculum for WED
 
6. Programmes and Schemes for Women Entrepreneurs
6.1 Small Industry Development Bank of India’s (SIDBI) Scheme of Assistance for Women Entrepreneurs:
6.2 Bank of India’s Priyadarshini Yojana
6.2.1 Scheme of Interest Subsidy for Women Entrepreneurs
6.3 Industrial Development Bank of India’s (IDBI) Mahila Udyam Nidhi (MUN) Scheme
6.4 Mahila Vikas Nidhi (MVN) Scheme
6.5 State Bank of India’s (SBI) Stree Shakti Package
6.6 Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-12) on Women Empowerment
6.6.1 Status of Women
6.6.2 Work and Employment
6.6.3 Unorganized Sector
6.6.4 Home-based Workers
6.6.5 Services Sector
6.6.6 Women in the Unorganized Sector
6.6.7 Women in Agriculture
6.6.8 Land Rights for Women
6.6.9 Impact of Globalisation and Eleventh Plan Strategy
6.6.10 Women in the Services Sector
6.6.11 Skill Development
6.6.12 Homes and Homesteads for Poor Women
6.6.13 Self-Help Groups
6.6.14 Social Empowerment
6.6.15 Political Empowerment
6.6.16 Effective Implementation of Women Related Legislations
6.6.17 Gender Mainstreaming and Strengthening Delivery Mechanisms
6.6.18 Eleventh Plan Schemes
 
7. Training and Motivation of Women Entrepreneurs
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Emphasis on Women Entrepreneurship Development
7.3 Emphasis on Small Enterprise Development
7.4 Training and Motivating of Women Entrepreneurs
7.5 Inter-agency Co-operation
7.6 Effectiveness of Programmes/Courses
7.7 Methodology of Training
7.8 Motivation of Women Entrepreneurs
7.9 Identification of Potential Women Entrepreneurs
7.10 Selection of Potential Women Entrepreneurs
7.11 Guidance of Women Entrepreneurs
7.12 Adequacy of Skills to Impart Training
7.12.1 Conceptualising Entrepreneurial and Behavioural Skills
7.12.2 Learning and Practicing Entrepreneurial Behavioural Skills
7.13 Preparation of Feasibility Report
7.13.1 Project Idea
7.13.2 Techno Economic Analysis
7.13.3 Project Design and Network Analysis
7.13.4 Input Analysis
7.13.5 Financial Analysis
7.13.6 Cost Benefit Analysis
7.13.7 Pre-investment Analysis
7.13.8 General Information
7.13.9 Preliminary Analysis of Alternatives
7.13.10 Project Description
7.13.11 Marketing Plan
7.13.12 Capital Requirements and Costs
7.13.13 Operating Requirements and Costs
7.13.14 Economic Analysis
7.14 Post-training Contact of Institutions
 
8. Institutions Engaged in Promoting Women Entrepreneurship
8.1 National Institute of Small Industry Extension
8.1.1 Stimulatory Activities
8.1.2 Support Functions
8.1.3 Sustaining Functions
8.2 Directorate/Commissionerate of Industries
8.3 District Industries Centre (DIC)
8.4 State Financial Corporations (SFCs)
8.5 Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)
8.5.1 Objectives of KVIC
8.6 Small Industries Service Institute (SISI)
8.7 National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC)
8.8 Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)
 
Appendix: Women Entrepreneurship in Andhra Pradesh: A Case Study
 
Bibliography
Index

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
     

Dr. T. Lavanya is presently an Academic Consultant with the Satavahana University, Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh. She obtained her M.Com., LLB., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Kakatiya University, Warangal. She has been teaching for the last 8 years at under-graduate and post-graduate levels. She is a resource person for the Women Entrepreneurship Development Programmes organized in Warangal District, Andhra Pradesh.


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