Enterprising Women

Enterprising Women

Author: 
Hallward-Driemeier, Mary
Place: 
Washington, D. C.
Publisher: 
World Bank Group
Date published: 
2013
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Editor: 
De Vreyer, Philippe| Roubaud, Francois
Abstract: 

This book brings together new household and enterprise data from 41 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to inform policy makers and practitioners on ways to expand women entrepreneurs? economic opportunities. Sub-Saharan Africa boasts the highest share of women entrepreneurs, but they are disproportionately concentrated among the self-employed rather than employers. Relative to men, women are pursuing lower opportunity activities, with their enterprises more likely to be smaller, informal, and in low value-added lines of business. The challenge in expanding opportunities is not helping more women become entrepreneurs but enabling them to shift to higher return activities. A central question addressed in the book is what explains the gender sorting in the types of enterprises that women and men run? The analysis shows that many Sub-Saharan countries present a challenging environment for women. Four key areas of the agenda for expanding women?s economic opportunities in Africa are analyzed: strengthening women?s property rights and their ability to control assets; improving women?s access to finance; building human capital in business skills and networks; and strengthening women?s voices in business environment reform. These areas are important both because they have wide gender gaps and because they help explain gender differences in entrepreneurial activities...

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CITATION: Hallward-Driemeier, Mary. Enterprising Women edited by De Vreyer, Philippe| Roubaud, Francois . Washington, D. C. : World Bank Group , 2013. - Available at: http://library.au.int/enterprising-women