Our proposal targets low-income female entrepreneurs who often start a business in the food sector by cooking and delivering food to customers or as street food vendors. As part of the so-called ‘buffer’ they remain unregistered and remain so, being reluctant to take the significant step of formalising the enterprise. As such they remain small, informal and remain subject to lack of economies of scale and scope. This type of MSME is largely comprised of home-based businesses and represents a growing phenomenon in Egypt (and the UK) as a response to wider macro and social challenges. The aim of the study will be to explore the nature of the ‘buffer’ and, in particular, the role of female entrepreneurship in the informal economy and its contribution to the economy.


While a thorough desk research will place the study within a theoretical framework along with the identification of key themes from the literature, the main body of the work will involve action research that follows a social network analysis methodology.

This is work in process project.
This is an original paper
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2018
Event3rd Annual Research Conference- Centre for African Research and Economic Development (CAREED) - UWS, Paisley Campus, Paisley, United Kingdom
Duration: 31 May 20181 Jun 2018


Conference3rd Annual Research Conference- Centre for African Research and Economic Development (CAREED)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


Dive into the research topics of 'Female entrepreneurs and their contribution to the Egyptian economy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this