Development and Change in African Countries

This thematic area focuses on rural and urban development issues. The main emphasis of the thematic area is on the linkages and discontinuities between rural and urban economies and their social structures.


Head of Thematic Area:

Prof. Patrick O. Alila:




Members of Thematic Area:















  • Dr. Radha Upadhyaya










On-going projects:

  1. Successful African Firms and Institutional Change (SAFIC)
  2. ‘National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Baseline Survey’ in collaboration with the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and African Centre for Economic Growth.
  3. Paratransit Operations and Regulation in Nairobi: Business Strategies, External Linkages, and Regulatory Compliance (2008-2013)
  4. African Clothing and Footwear Research Network (2001 - )


Past Projects:

  1. Entrepreneurship Leadership and Social Capital
  2. Women Entreprenuers in Afica
  3. Micro and Small Enterprises Study
  4. Entrepreneurship Leadership
  5. Enhancing Institutional Capacity for Policy Development, Dialogue, and Advocacy: The Role of Associations and Other Community Based Organisations in Small and Micro Enterprise Development, (2000-2001)
  6. Towards a Practical Understanding of Enterprise Clusters in Kenya (2000)
  7. Differences Between Rural and Urban Enterprises (2000)
  8. Collective Efficiency and Small-Scale Industry - Kenya Case Study (1995-1998)
  9. Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (REME) of Micro and Small Enterprise Projects (1996-1998)
  10. Multi-Country Study of Private Enterprise Development (1996-1997)
  11. East African Micro and Small Enterprises (1994-1998)
  12. Study of Nairobi’s Garment Industry (1989-1994)



Degree Programmes:

Master of Arts in Development Studies


Course Units:

CDS 611:  Rural Societies And Change

CDS 612:  Issues In Urban Development

CDS 613:  Rural-urban Linkages

CDS 614:  Entrepreneurship And Development

CDS 615:  Economics Of African Agriculture

CDS 501:  Development Management Theory

CDS 502:  Development Management Practice

CDS 503:  Research Foundations

CDS 504:  Research Methods And Computer Applications


Possible Career Opportunities:

  1. Program Officer/Manager
  2. Monitoring and Evaluation Expert
  3. Development Advisor
  4. Academic Profession
  5. Consultant
  6. Business Development Officer
  7. Provincial Administration


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