Business Development Services (BDS) Available for Women SMEs

The general objective of this study was to examine the socio-economic and cultural barriers which hinder women’s progression to the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector. Furthermore, it also looked at the existing and future opportunities for women to enter and lead SMEs with a special focus on access and availability of women – friendly Business Development Services (BDS) including development of business skills, technology transfer and linking with financial services. The study also aimed to provide policy level recommendations to increase women entrepreneurs’ access to business development services and to identify national-level strategic priorities for stakeholders to work in economic justice with the aim of promoting women’s economic leadership and enterprise culture among women.

Research team

Athula Senaratne
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Dilani Hirimuthugodage
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Anushka Wijesinha
Kaushalya Attygalle


Oxfam Great Britain

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