Effectiveness of Entrepreneurship Development Interventions on Women Entrepreneurs
This issue brief is the result of an in-depth review of six meta-evaluations and 23 rigorous impact studies undertaken during the past 10 years in women’s entrepreneurship development initiatives around the world. It provides a synthesis of impact findings and examines several critical interventions. For example, the brief discusses the efficacy of delivering both finance and business training to female entrepreneurs rather than one or the other. Secondly, it finds that training packages which add in gender knowledge are more likely to empower female entrepreneurs. Though more evidence is needed, the brief concludes with a series of recommendations for future interventions and impact evaluations, such as expanding training to address gender-based barriers and strategic needs.