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WP/100 Supporting Women Entrepreneurs in Tunisia

Whether policy support should be designed differently for women entrepreneurs is a particularly relevant question. To answer this, and to inform the design of policies to provide appropriate support for women entrepreneurs, the paper compares male and female perceptions of typical entrepreneurship support services, such as government provision of information, training and funding. The focus is on Tunisia, a developing country characterized by high level of unemployment, particularly of women. Based on a survey of 50 men and 50 women entrepreneurs in the regions of Sfax, Sousse and Tunis, our results suggest that existing support services are inadequate for promoting female entrepreneurship. Accordingly we discuss support measures specifically designed for women entrepreneurs.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Working Paper
Volume:
2010/100
Title:
WP/100 Supporting Women Entrepreneurs in Tunisia
Authors:
Imed Drine and Mouna Grach
Publication date:
September 2010
ISBN 13 Web:
978-92-9230-337-2
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2010
Keywords:
entrepreneurship, gender, women entrepreneurs, Africa
JEL:
L26, M13, J16, Z13
Project:
Promoting Entrepreneurial Capacity
Sponsor:
UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges the financial contributions to the research programme by the governments of Denmark (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development—DFID).
Format:
online and printed copies
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