Women in Business

Policies to Support Women's Entrepreneurship Development in the MENA Region

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This publication provides an overview of approaches and measures in MENA-OECD Investment Programme economies to promote, support and advance women's entrepreneurship development in the Middle East and North Africa. It covers such issues as access to credit and business development services and information and information on data collection and research on women entrepreneurs in the MENA area.



Business development services and information

This chapter looks at measures to improve women's access to business development services and to business and market information in MENA economies. Business development service providers for women entrepreneurs can be public or private and can take the form of women's enterprise centres, women's business resource centres or business incubators for women-led firms. They offer women entrepreneurs services such as common facilities, technical services, skills development training and strategic assistance. Women entrepreneurs’ access to formal channels of information is limited in the MENA region and they may experience higher access barriers because they are not always included in informal networks where useful information is shared, or because development service providers make limited efforts to tailor their marketing and products to a female clientele.


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