Opportunities and Challenges for Arab Youth and Women, 2019

A presentation delivered during the ITU Regional Workshop on Bridging the Digital Innovation Divide, 1-2 October 2019, Egypt. It focused on women and youth entrepreneurship. 


The OECD provides data and analysis to develop policies that foster SMEs and entrepreneurship and facilitate sustainable growth, competitiveness and the creation of skilled jobs.

MSME Economic Indicators

MSME Economic Indicators records the number of formally registered micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). 

Women – SME Finance Categorized Indicators (WSCI)

The WSCI identify and categorize Women Business and the Law 2018 indicators of relevance to SME finance.

Development Credit Authority

USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) uses risk-sharing agreements to mobilize local private capital.

European Investment Bank

The EIB cooperates with a wide range of financial intermediaries that offer products targeting small and medium-sized projects. The organization benefits from its partners’ expertise, local knowledge and proximity to the projects.