Social Media, Employment and Entrepreneurship
Fig. 1. Social Media, Employment and Entrepreneurship. Courtesy of the Dubai School of Government.

The Dubai School of Government released its report Social Media, Employment and Entrepreneurship: New Frontiers for the Economic Empowerment of Arab Youth?, which analyzes perceptions on the impact of social media usage on economic empowerment, employment and entrepreneurship in eight surveyed countries in the Arab region.

About the report:

In March 2012, the Governance and Innovation Program at the Dubai School of Government in partnership with SAP MENA conducted a regional survey exploring the critical developmental and policy perspectives of an emerging phenomenon – the innovative uses of social technologies for economic empowerment. Through a regional eight-country survey, the authors conducted a regional eight country survey to measure perceptions on the impact of social media usage on economic empowerment, employment and entrepreneurship in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The report aims to provide decision and policy makers as well as businesses leaders with better understanding of the emerging opportunities and risks related to these changes; and explore the impact on policy making, business development and ultimately economic growth in the Arab region. Ultimately, this study aims to contribute to a better understanding of the emerging opportunities and risks for businesses decision makers and policy makers. It also assesses their impact on policy, business development and ultimately economic growth in the Arab region. The study addresses the following main themes: assessing social media’s contribution to job creation, economic growth and support for entrepreneurship in the Arab region; adapting government developmental policies to contribute to citizen satisfaction, trust in government and social inclusion; and transforming the emerging generation of empowered youth into a sustainable culture of innovation and economic empowerment.

The report was produced by the Dubai School of Goverment’s Governance and Innovation Program and co-authored by Racha Mourtada and Fadi Salem.

The full report is available for PDF download here.