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dc.contributor.authorGichuhi, Monica
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-21T08:04:06Z
dc.date.available2016-07-21T08:04:06Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11071/4645
dc.descriptionSubmitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Award of the Degree of Master in Public Policy Managementen_US
dc.description.abstractThrough Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO), the government seeks to unlock the potential of the youth by empowering and giving them more opportunities to do business with the government. Out of 30,000 youths, People with Disabilities (PWDs) and women owned companies, only 6,000 have benefited from government procurement opportunities between 2013 and 2014. Empirical evidence on AGPO and its influence on performance of youth owned enterprises in Kenya are non-conclusive as it fails to clearly link the effect of preferential procurement policy, capacity building component of AGPO and availability of information on AGPO to performance of youth owned enterprises in Kenya. This study sought to investigate the influence of access to government procurement opportunities programme on performance of youth owned enterprises in Nairobi County in Kenya. Specifically, the study aimed to; establish the effect of preferential procurement policy on performance of youth owned enterprises in Nairobi County in Kenya; establish the influence of capacity building component of AGPO on performance of youth owned enterprises in Nairobi County in Kenya; and determine the effect of availability of information on access to government procurement opportunities programme on performance of youth owned enterprises in Nairobi County in Kenya. This study used an exploratory research design. The target population was 1000 youth owned enterprises in Nairobi County that have registered with AGPO program. Stratified random sampling and proportionate sampling techniques were used to select a sample of 150 youth entrepreneurs. Self-administered questionnaires were used to collect primary data while secondary data was obtained from AGPO related publications. Quantitative data was analyzed using descriptive statistics; nonparametric test (Chi-test) and correlation analysis. The qualitative data was analyzed using content analysis. Reliability of the instrument was estimated using Cronbach’s Alpha Coefficient after pilot study. Findings indicated that preferential procurement policy, capacity building component and availability of information on AGPO have a significant effect on performance of youth owned enterprises in Nairobi County in Kenya. The study recommends that the government should scale up capacity building by AGPO to be carried out nationally and make it mandatory for all its agencies to publicize tenders through channels that are easily accessible to the general public particularly the youths. There should be monitoring of AGPO programme to ensure that government agencies set aside 30% tenders for the youths and other special interest groups. Youth entrepreneurs should actively build their skills and knowledge on how to participate in public procurement to fully benefit from the 30% government tenders allocated for them. The study recommends for formulation of new theories to guide public procurement meant for special interest groups that do not follow the classical theories of procurement but seem to contradict them.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherStrathmore Universityen_US
dc.subjectGovernment Procurement Opportunities Programmeen_US
dc.subjectProcurementen_US
dc.subjectKenyaen_US
dc.subjectYouth owned enterprisesen_US
dc.subjectNairobien_US
dc.subjectBusinessen_US
dc.titleAn examination of the effect of Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) programme on performance of youth owned enterprises in Nairobi County in Kenyaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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