Measuring Entrepreneurial Activity in Egypt and Tunisia

This project will examine the evolution of entrepreneurial activity in the wake of the Arab Spring. While entrepreneurship is a key driver for economic development, it has received limited attention in the region, and a dearth of data has prevented research on entrepreneurship-related issues.

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) is a worldwide initiative assessing entrepreneurial activity in about 100 countries. The study will compare findings from GEM data collected post-Arab Spring (2012) with results from 2008-2010 for Egypt and Tunisia, two countries at the forefront of the Arab Spring. It will examine trends in entrepreneurial activity in these two countries, attitudes toward entrepreneurship, barriers to starting a business, and access to finance.

The analysis will shed light on the effects of the short-term solutions implemented by post-revolution interim governments on the private sector and examine issues of social-economic exclusion. It is hoped that the study's results can inform policy in the region, at a time when there are widespread demands for action and leaders are ready to pay more attention to recommendations.

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Start Date

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

End Date

Friday, July 18, 2014


12 months

IDRC Officer

Boutros, Iris

Total funding

CA$ 112,400


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Tunisia, Egypt


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Dr. Nader Kabbani



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