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Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2010 - Babson College & Universidad del Desarrollo

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Thursday, November 17, 2011

With this report, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) has completed 12 annual surveys of the entrepreneurial attitudes, activities and aspirations of individuals around the world. Starting with just 10 developed countries in 1999, GEM has grown
to include over 80 economies during the course of these 12 years. In 2010, over 175,000 people were surveyed in 59 economies. These 59 economies represent not only the largest sample yet, but also the most geographically and economically diverse group
surveyed. Together, this group covers over 52% of the world’s population and 84% of the world’s GDP. 

The 2010 survey shows that, in the economies analyzed, some 110 million people between 18 and 64 years old were actively engaged in starting a business. Another 140 million were running new businesses they started less than 3½ years earlier. Taken together, some 250 million were involved in what GEM defines as early stage entrepreneurial activity. Out of these individuals, an estimated 63 million people expected to hire at least five employees over the next five years, and 27 million of these individuals anticipated hiring twenty or more employees in five years. This illustrates the contribution of entrepreneurship to job growth across the globe.

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Tags:  Dataset  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  sector publication  Women 

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Bridging the Gender Divide: How Technology Can Advance Women Economically - International Center for Research on Women

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Thursday, November 17, 2011

This report examines why technology is essential to women’s economic advancement and clarifies how it puts the process in motion by showcasing technologies that have helped women in developing countries to increase their productivity, create new entrepreneurial ventures, or otherwise access new income-generating pursuits. 

This paper builds on ICRW’s long-standing research and program work on the realities of what it takes to enable women to increase their resources and economic opportunities, and strengthen their ability to compete in market economies. Most important, it speaks to the growing number of actors driving innovation fromthe public, private, and social sectors with practical recommendations on how to improve the way technologies are developed and deployed so they benefit women and enable them to be more successful economic actors, strong

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Tags:  Economic Growth  Global  Information and Communication Technology  sector publication  Women 

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A Business to Call Her Own - Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF)

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Thursday, November 17, 2011
April 2010

This study provides an overview of the status of women’s businesses, focusing on microenterprises, which represent the majority of these businesses in the region. It presents key quantitative and qualitative data for six countries in Latin America: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico and Peru. Through a series of case studies, it explores the differences between men’s and women’s businesses in these countries and the main barriers women face as they start and grow their businesses. Special emphasis is given to the role of access to financial services and to how the growth and development of the microfinance industry in Latin
America has supported women microentrepreneurs.

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Tags:  Access to Finance  Case Studies  Latin America  sector publication  SME  Women 

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Women, Business and the Law: Measuring Gender Parity in 141 Economies - IFC/World Bank

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Thursday, October 27, 2011
Summer 2011

Women, Business and the Law objectively highlights differentiations on the basis of gender in 141 economies around the world, covering six areas: accessing institutions, using property, getting a job, providing incentives to work, building credit and going to court. Women, Business and the Law describes regional trends and shows how economies are changing across these six areas, tracking governments’ actions to expand economic opportunities for women.

The empirical evidence suggests that, slowly but surely, governments are making progress in expanding opportunities for
women. From June 2009 to March 2011, Women, Business and the Law recorded 46 legal and regulatory changes occurring
in 39 economies that affected the indicators. Without doubt, 41 of these changes were aimed at achieving greater gender
parity and reducing legal differentiation between men and women, with Kenya leading the way with the highest number
of changes in this positive direction.

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  Global  Policy  sector publication  Women 

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