Poverty Reduction through Private Sector Development : Policy Research on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

The Palestinian Authority aims to turn the economy away from its dependence on the public sector toward a diversified free market economy. Small businesses, which make up more that 90% of the total enterprises in Palestine, are crucial to this endeavor.

This grant will allow the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS, from its Arabic acronym) - augmented by outside expertise as required - to identify constraints to and opportunities for expanding the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector; obstacles to women's entrepreneurship and small business formation; good practices in MSME policymaking internationally; and ways of improving the legal and business environment in Palestine.

The project is expected to result in 10 thematic studies and four critical reviews of draft laws. These will be discussed in a series of workshops with public officials and representatives of the small business sector (among others). By promoting comparative assessment of policy options, MAS hopes to demonstrate the benefits of evidence-based policymaking, which is needed for the economy to prosper.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Monday, October 27, 2008

End Date

Sunday, August 14, 2011


24 months

IDRC Officer

Joekes, Susan

Total funding

CA$ 468,400


Middle East, West Bank and Gaza, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Dr. Fathi Serouji


Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute

Institution Country

West Bank and Gaza

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