Supporting Women Entrepreneurs in Tunisia
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.