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.




The historic events of 2011 sparked unprecedented political, economic and social change in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Citizens’ calls for greater social equity, more equal opportunities and stronger economic development have placed job creation at the centre of public policy concerns. Governments in the MENA regions are presented with the challenge and the opportunity to explore new sources of economic growth to generate jobs for the 2.8 million men and women who will enter the labour market every year. This will require pursuing an intense policy reform agenda including an improved business environment, labour market reforms and investment and equal access to education and skills formation for men and women.


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