Guest post by Houssem El Béhi, Program Coordinator, WES Tunisia

Entrepreneurship is an efficient tool to increasing employment opportunities in Tunisia. Since the Tunisian revolution of 2011, government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders have directed their efforts increasingly towards entrepreneurial activities in Tunisia. Various stakeholders seek to establish a worthy future for all Tunisian citizens through employment opportunities and strategies to promote entrepreneurship.

Nevertheless, these efforts are dispersed and not well coordinated. This leads to an informal and undeclared competition between different stakeholders, creating redundancy in programs as well as giving the impression of a “ positioning battle” as opposed to effectiveness and efficiency in interventions. Such a situation is neither improving entrepreneurship in general nor helping entrepreneurs in Tunisia in particular.

The combined expertise of each of these stakeholders is a priority and a decisive requirement for entrepreneurial success in Tunisia. Such collaboration would allow for the promotion of entrepreneurial research on a national scale and an enhanced entrepreneurial ecosystem, favoring the creation and expansion of sustainable businesses.

One such stakeholder, Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) program, offers its unique expertise on advancing opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Tunisia through its 13 Centers for Women’s Business Development, located throughout Tunisia. WES collaborates with local organizations to assist women entrepreneurs with training, coaching, mentoring, and financing, contributing not only to women’s enterprise development but also to new job creation. WES is committed to empowering regions and reinforcing partners’ capacity, ensuring the creation of not only sustainable businesses but also sustainable business support centers; this specificity is one of the most relevant and unique means of promoting entrepreneurship!

The collaboration of stakeholders to increase entrepreneurial activity is fundamental to the creation of a sane and safe ecosystem within which entrepreneurship may thrive. In turn, the unique goal of supporting entrepreneurs to increase employment opportunities in Tunisia may be accomplished.