Policies and services to support women’s entrepreneurship development in the MENA region: Government and private sector responses in times of change
OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 27-28 September 2011
The meeting brought together over 70 participants, including public and private sector representatives and academia from Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Yemen and included a special contribution from the South African Businesswomen’s Association affiliated with Vital Voices. It benefitted from the participation of the Tunisia-based Centre of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR). It also brought together key international organisations, including the ILO and EBRD.
Building on previous Women’s Business Forum events which notably considered mechanisms to improve access to finance for women entrepreneurs, this meeting focused on how MENA economies can advance private sector development efforts through targeted policies and business support services for women entrepreneurs. This meeting addressed:
- policy advocacy in the current political environment
- improving women’s access to non-financial business support services
- increasing women’s access to markets and information; and
- research and data collection for developing effective and informed policies.
Improving access to non-financial business support services
Main findings of the reviews of selected MENA economies on policies, institutions and programmes supporting women’s enterprise
Strengthening women’s access to markets
Research and data collection: state of play and priority areas for improvement
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The OECD-MENA Women’s Business Forum: Supporting women’s entrepreneurship development in the Middle East and North Africa since 2007 (pdf)
Overview of the OECD-MENA Women's Business Forum