African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 170


Poverty alleviation and empowerment of small-scale industries in Nigeria: The case of Tie and Dye Makers Association

Bukola Adeyemi, Oyeniyi
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Political Studies and Governance, Faculty of Humanities, University of Free State, South Africa.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 11 June 2013
  •  Published: 15 August 2013


Using the experiences of the Tie and Dye Makers Association of Nigeria, this study examines how various governmental programmes on poverty alleviation, job creation, and empowerment have impacted the fortunes of informal sector operators in Nigeria. The study found that while the various programmes were not deficient on policy design and resource allocation, politics and corruption ensured that the masses saw and received little. For the most part, the dividend of the programmes ended up with politicians and civil servants who were in-charge of them. Given Adire-makers’ efforts at formalizing their activities, to continue to allow regulatory and operational challenges hinder the formalization of the informal sector is like allowing a head of steam to pass without harnessing its horsepower. 

Key words: Poverty alleviation, empowerment, Tie and Dye Makers Association, informal economy, Nigeria, Africa.

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