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The Environment for Women's Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa

ACCESS TO FINANCE ACCESS TO LAND ACCESS TO LENDERS ADVOCACY BARRIERS TO INVESTMENT BARRIERS TO WOMEN BUSINESS ACTIVITIES BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTS BUSINESS FORMATION BUSINESS OWNERS BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS BUSINESSWOMAN CAPITAL INVESTMENTS CASH FLOW CC COMMERCIAL BANKS CORRUPTION COURT CREDIT CARDS CRIME DISCRIMINATION DISCRIMINATORY LAWS DIVERSIFICATION EARNINGS ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES ECONOMIC ACTIVITY ECONOMIC AGENTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ECONOMIC GROWTH ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY ECONOMIC RESOURCES ECONOMIC RIGHTS ECONOMIES OF SCALE EDUCATED WOMEN EDUCATION LEVEL EMPLOYERS EMPLOYMENT GROWTH EMPOWERMENT ENROLLMENT ENTERPRISE SIZE ENTRY BARRIERS EXPANSION FAMILIES FAMILY LAW FAMILY LAWS FATHERS FEMALE FEMALE BUSINESS FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP FINANCE ACCESS FINANCES FINANCIAL MARKETS FINANCIAL RESOURCES FIRM SIZE FIRMS FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT FOREIGN INVESTMENT FORMAL ECONOMY GENDER GENDER BIAS GENDER DIFFERENCES GENDER EQUALITY GENDER GAP GENDER GAPS GENDER ISSUES GENDER ROLES GENDER SEGREGATION GENDER-SPECIFIC BARRIERS HOME HUMAN CAPITAL HUSBANDS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INHERITANCE INTERNAL FUNDS INTERNATIONAL BANK INTERNATIONAL MARKET INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES ISLAMIC LAW JOB CREATION JOB SECURITY JUDGES LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION LABOR MARKET LABOR MARKETS LATIN AMERICAN LAWS LAWYERS LEASING LEGAL STATUS LEGISLATION LICENSING LITERACY MALE HEIR MALE HEIRS MATERNITY LEAVE MEDICINE MIDDLE EAST MIDDLE EASTERN MIDWIVES NEW BUSINESSES NORTH AFRICA OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN PRIVATE INVESTMENT REAL ESTATE RESIDENCE RISK TAKERS RULE OF LAW SELF-EMPLOYMENT SEX SHOPS SMALL ENTERPRISES SMALL FIRMS SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT SOURCES OF FINANCE SPECIALIST START-UP START-UPS SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA SUPPLIERS UNEMPLOYMENT UNIONS WIFE WILL WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS WOMEN IN BUSINESS WORKING CAPITAL
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Washington, DC : World Bank
Middle East and North Africa
2012-05-25T21:21:58Z | 2012-05-25T21:21:58Z | 2008

This report is about how women entrepreneurs can contribute more to the quality and direction of economic and social development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Economic growth in the Middle East has been remarkable since 2004, mainly because of higher oil prices. Rapid job growth has followed, driven mainly by the private sector. Yet the region still faces two important challenges: the first is to create better jobs for an increasingly educated young workforce; and the second is to diversify its economies away from the traditional sectors of agriculture, natural resources, construction, and public works and into sectors that can provide more and better jobs for young people (sectors that are more export oriented, labor intensive, and knowledge driven). These goals can be achieved only by more innovative and diverse investors. In this, the private sector must play an even bigger role than in the past.

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