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Policies and Institutional Supports for Women Entrepreneurship Development in Bangladesh: Achievements and Challenges


  • Golam Rabbani

    (Department of Public Administration, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi-6205, Bangladesh)

  • Solaiman Chowdhury

    (Department of Public Administration, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi-6205, Bangladesh)


Women’s entrepreneurship is important for women’s position in society, and for economic development of a country. Many scholars pointed out that women faces diverse challenges in doing business in a patriarchal society like Bangladesh. Women are now involved in economic activities than in the past, women constitute around 10 percent of the country's total business entrepreneurs. The present study is an effort to find out the factors which act as pull and push factors to engage women in entrepreneurship development in Bangladesh. In this study mixed method approach has been chosen. To attain the objective of the research researchers relied solely on the secondary sources. The study revealed that Government agencies provide policy, legal and financial support with active support from non-State actors. On the contrary, they do not get proper support from all relevant institutions because of corruption and lack of information. It is suggested that combined initiatives of Government and nongovernment institutions will be successful in meeting the needs of business women in Bangladesh.

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  • Golam Rabbani & Solaiman Chowdhury, 2013. "Policies and Institutional Supports for Women Entrepreneurship Development in Bangladesh: Achievements and Challenges," International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science (2147-4478), Center for the Strategic Studies in Business and Finance, vol. 2(1), pages 31-39, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:rbs:ijbrss:v:2:y:2013:i:1:p:31-39

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