Two focus groups were held at a sub-regional level, one in Cairo on March 2, 2017 for the Mashrek region (i.e. Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon), and one in Tunisia on March 24, 2017 for the Maghreb region (i.e. Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco).

The objectives of these focus groups were to discuss preliminary key findings of the surveys, share experience (South-South) and discuss recommendations to help improve policies at the country level. Based on these discussions, recommendations will be formulated for the MED region on ways to enhance the situation with regard to the promotion of successful women entrepreneurship.

The focus groups gathered a very diversified group of representatives, six from each country: policy-makers directly involved in women entrepreneurship development; the private sector, including chambers of commerce and industry, business associations, women and youth associations; grassroots groups and women NGOs or NGOs involved in entrepreneurs’ development as well as microfinance institutions.

Supported by the EBESM project experts, the focus groups discussed preliminary key findings of the surveys, shared experience and discussed recommendations to help improve policies at the country level. Recommendations were formulated for the MED region on ways to promote successful women entrepreneurship; these policy recommendations are included in the regional consolidated report