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Supporting Women Entrepreneurs in Tunisia


  • Imed Drine

    (UNU-WIDER, Helsinki)

  • Mouna Grach

    (ISG-University of Sousse, Sousse)


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 article 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. On the basis of 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.La question de savoir si le soutien administratif apporté aux femmes entrepreneurs doit être conçu différemment de celui apporté aux hommes est pertinente. Pour y répondre, et apporter des éléments permettant d’élaborer des politiques adéquates de soutien aux femmes entrepreneurs, nous comparons les perceptions des hommes et des femmes concernant les services typiques d′appui à l′entrepreneuriat, tels que l′aide gouvernementale à l′information, la formation et au financement. Nous nous intéressons à la Tunisie, un pays en voie de développement caractérisé par un taux élevé de chômage, notamment parmi les femmes. Fondés sur une enquête auprès de 50 hommes et 50 femmes entrepreneurs dans les régions de Sfax, Sousse et Tunis, nos résultats suggèrent que les services d′appui existants ne sont pas adéquats pour promouvoir l′entrepreneuriat féminin. Nous discutons donc ici de possibles mesures de soutien qui soient conçues spécifiquement pour les femmes entrepreneurs.

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  • Imed Drine & Mouna Grach, 2012. "Supporting Women Entrepreneurs in Tunisia," The European Journal of Development Research, Palgrave Macmillan;European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), vol. 24(3), pages 450-464, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:eurjdr:v:24:y:2012:i:3:p:450-464

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