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.
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Abbreviations and acronyms Executive summary Chapter 1.The untapped potential of women's entrepreneurship -Women's entrepreneurship development: a global concern -Women’s economic activity in the MENA region -Characteristics of women’s entrepreneurship in MENA economies -Conclusion -References Chapter 2.Methodology and Framework for assessing support for women's entrepreneurship in MENA -Purpose of the report -Methodology -Analytical framework for assessing support for women’s enterprise development in MENA -References Chapter 3.Public policy and women's entrepreneurship in the MENA region -Introduction -Policies supporting women entrepreneurs -Promotion of women entrepreneurs -Mainstreaming of issues affecting businesswomen in the public/private policy dialogue -Conclusion -Key recommendations -References Chapter 4.Institutional support for businesswomen in the MENA region -Introduction -Public institutions for the advancement of women's economic and social status -Bodies responsible for co-ordinating the promotion of women’s enterprise development -Business registration and licensing bodies -SME support agencies -Female membership in mainstream business associations -Businesswomen’s associations -Conclusion -Key recommendations -References Chapter 5. MENA women entrepreneurs’ access to credit and financial services -Introduction -Financial initiatives or facilities supporting women entrepreneurs bureau information -Conclusion -Key recommendations -References Chapter 6.Business development services and information -Introduction -Public and private business development providers and women’s entrepreneurship -Channels for improving access to business-related information -Efforts to improve women's access to markets -Entrepreneurship and management training -Conclusion -Key recommendations -References Chapter 7.Data collection and research on women entrepreneurs in MENA economies -Introduction -State of gender-disaggregated data collection in the MENA region -State of research on women entrepreneurs -Conclusions -Key recommendations References Annex A.Founding documents of the OECD-MENA Women's Business Forum Annex B.Rates of labour force participation, employment, self-employment, and entrepreneurial activity for women and men in MENA economies Annex C.Comparison of business development services tailored to women Annex D.MENA-OECD Investment Programme publications and working papers