Knowledge Note

In Tunisia, the World Bank worked with the government to evaluate a program designed to provide university students entrepreneurship education and assistance in developing a business plan. The evaluation found that the program—currently in its seventh year—increased self-employment and helped students develop some skills associated with successful entrepreneurship in the short term. Nevertheless, there were no sustained impacts four years after graduation. The results highlighted that limited access to capital was a key challenge for many aspiring entrepreneurs. As governments in the region are faced with high unemployment among skilled and educated youth, the lessons learned from the evaluation will help policymakers and development experts hone programs that deliver more sustainable impacts.

About the Presenters

Daphna Berman