Kleinhandel unter schwierigen institutionellen Voraussetzungen - Reaktionen, Strategien und Lösungen der Händler auf dem Chisokone-Markt in Kitwe/Sambia


Dr. Felix Brinkmann

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Zambia’s economy is mainly based on copper mining and export; the centre is Kitwe. No other country in Africa’s small scale enterprises are as powerfully affected by volatile commodity prices as those in Zambia. The Chisokone-Market, the field of investigation, is the second largest of its kind in Zambia and has never been officially registered as such. Several actors compete for influence and power. The statutory authority for market management, the Kitwe City Council (KCC), has been unable to ensure administration for years. Market associations have filled this void and act as substitute market administrations. Just like the KCC, these market associations use the Chisokone-Market as a source of income. Those involved often engage in competitive or collaborative activities, depending on the circumstances. Consequently, economic action for small-scale enterprises is becoming increasingly difficult and quite unpredictable.

This project will demonstrate the operational and personal strategies small-scale enterprises use in order to ensure their own economic and institutional survival in this unusual environment. The exposition of traditional economic perspectives goes beyond this and furthermore focuses on the standards and value system of retailers – a crucial factor in the local market. This project works out success factors for a favourable economic development of small-scale enterprises and also discusses the limits of economically rational theories in the Zambian context.