Sudan International Projects
This research project was funded by the Senegal-based Trust Africa Organization.It lasted for one year starting on March 1,2011.Arrangements are well underway to publish the research results in a book form.
This research focuses on three issues: the personal characteristics and motivations of the female entrepreneurs of Sudan, how conducive is the business environment for the female entrepreneurs of Sudan in terms of availability of finance and supporting infrastructural services, and the major constraints imposed by the society’s attitudes and government regulations on business start-up, taxes and labour that may still impede female entrepreneurs of Sudan. The date obtained through a structured survey and the questionnaire. The sample of the study is 142 female businesses of different sizes, in different geographical locations and in different industries. The study found that Businesswomen have immense problems accessing finance and many aspects of infrastructural services and government regulations on business start-up and taxes that are not business-friendly. Unexpectedly, the research findings indicate society’s positive attitudes to businesswomen.
The study has made some recommendations including making microfinance initiative easily accessible, improving infrastructure, streamlining government regulations on starting-up business and licensing, introducing tax reforms and incentives, organizing businesswomen in the informal sector and enhancing businesswomen organizations’ relations with universities.