ERF is currently engaged in carrying out a number of programs that address questions where knowledge gaps about the Arab countries, Iran and Turkey are apparent.
This program examined the competitiveness and performance of small and micro enterprises in four MENA countries (Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon and Morocco) based on a unique survey gathering data from 18,000 enterprises in the four countries (5,000 in each in Egypt, Turkey and Morocco and 3,000 in Lebanon). The project received funding from the World Bank, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, the United States Agency for International Development, the European Commission, and the International Development Research Centre.
The survey’s database was posted on the ERF website. The database was divided into household data and data from the 18,000 enterprises and is available in SPSS and STATA formats. Also available are the questionnaire and details on the methodology. Four country reports were published as part of the ERF Research Reports series.