Women entrepreneurship is a rapidly growing phenomenon in many developing countries including Bangladesh. This paper reviewed the literature on women entrepreneurship development in Bangladesh with a specific focus on government and financial support from intermediaries. The article also identified some challenges that hinder the development of women entrepreneurs.
Women involved in various micro, small and medium enterprises took on the challenge of working in a male-dominated society and a competitive, complex economic and business environment. They were able to improve their living conditions and earned more respect in the family and society.
The challenges that were identified, however, include the lack of access to credit, limited access to market information, infrastructure and utility services, traditional technology, bureaucratic complexity and so on. This article provides some useful academic insights and offers some practical suggestions toward improving government policy support for developing women entrepreneurs.