Social Enterprises in Emerging Markets in Kenya

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Third year students studying Business and Management and Business Enterprise and Innovation Programmes enrolled on Social Enterprise and Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ENTE 3534), Developing Business (ENTE 3533), Perspective on Creative Leadership (ENTE3522), Creative Management and Marketing students (ENTE 3506), the Contemporary Management  CORP2165 and CORP2166 , Contemporary Business Issues ( CORP 3453) and Global Contemporary Business Issues (CORP 3454) are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 30 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Kenya is at the heart of the East African Region which is a vibrant and growing economy. With the country experiencing economic growth and growing middle class, a myriad of challenges such as shortage of housing, infrastructure and decent jobs to support the increasing working population has given rise to political, social and economic challenges. There is an increase of social problems, which has seen the increase of social enterprises using business strategies to solve the problems. For instance, about 60% of Nairobi’s residents occupy approximately 6% of land, majority of whom live in semi-structured houses. A number of social enterprises have emerged that seek to provide solutions for these communities and other homeless families.

The trip is organised to provide students with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience by visiting selected social enterprises to understand the challenges and opportunities that they face in their day to day operations. Firstly, students will be introduced to the local business environment and challenges at Strathmore University and/or Amani institute and interact with local communities to understand the local culture aimed at increasing their global awareness and interpersonal communication.

Secondly, the students will have an opportunity to visit social enterprises during the visit, which will enhance their knowledge on tackling social challenges and employability skills. Further, they will interact with the leaders of the local organisations with an aim to understand the challenges they face, the solutions they provide ans how to measure and improve their social impact. This will enhance their critical reflection skills as well as emotional intelligence.

National game drive (Safari) and Cultural activities

While in Kenya, students will have the chance to go on safari at the Nairobi National Park, David Sheldrick Elephant and Giraffe Centre (£100) and see the big five animals: lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino in their natural environment. The group will visit the only Nairobi National Park, which is the only park located in a capital city in the world to learn about conservation and active preservation of endangered wildlife. The students will also have an opportunity to visit the National Museum, Local markets and Bomas of Kenya (£40) and also have an optional guided tour of Nairobi (£30).

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel. Airport transfers in Nairobi (to and from the airport) will be included in transfer costs students will be expected to pay.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

British passport holders will need a visa to enter Kenya. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website. British nationals’ passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry to Kenya. Please also make sure you have two blank pages left in your passport. For other types of visa, apply at the nearest Kenyan High Commission or Embassy. For more information on different types of visas see the website of the Kenya High Commission.

If you do need a visa, the #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway.

You must ensure that you apply for your visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 22 February 2020
  • Return date: Sunday 1 March 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £800
  • Students will also be required to pay for airport transfers and in-country travel (£100-150), programme fee for activities at Strathmore University (£100), cultural visits, food and drink, vaccinations and visa (£40)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 21 October 2019 9am