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Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative

  Nov 29, 2021

Advancing High-Growth Women’s Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

A blog by Wendy Teleki and Amanda Elam published on Thomson Reuters

How can we ensure that women are not overlooked in policies and programs supporting entrepreneurship and economic development? We suggest four important opportunities. Read more...

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Inspiration by Women Entrepreneurs

We feature original stories about the dedication, struggles, and grit of women entrepreneurs that We-Fi support in developing countries.

Digital lending expands opportunities in Nigeria
A digital lending product launched by Access Bank Nigeria with support from the World Bank and We-Fi is enhancing WSMEs resilience and preparedness to manage shocks in demand resulting from the pandemic. Learn more... 
Closing the gender gap in Sri Lanka
Despite a high literacy rate among women in Sri Lanka, only 32 percent of working-age women are in the workforce and only 25 percent of SMEs are owned by women. In this story, we tell how an ecosystem of stakeholders supported by the Asian Development Bank and We-Fi, are working to change the narrative. Read more...
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RECENT UPDATES

New Report: Thriving Through Crisis

In the 2020/21 Women’s Entrepreneurship Report: Thriving through Crisis, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor found that globally, 30.2 percent of women entrepreneurs surveyed expected to hire six or more employees in the next five years. Download the report... In case you missed it, you can watch the recap of the launch here...

Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment 

In case you missed it, We-Fi participated in an event organized by the Center for Global Development, Data2X, and FinEquity, to shed light on how to motivate financial institutions to collect gender data to promote economic empowerment for women. Watch the recap...

We-Fi Partners with Thomson Reuters Foundation

The stories of women entrepreneurs are often underrepresented in global media – their resilience, business acumen, and contribution to the local economy rarely become headlines. This is why We-Fi is partnering with the Thomson Reuters Foundation on a project that seeks to identify stories of inspiring women entrepreneurs and amplify them through international news platforms. Read more...

We-Fi Welcomes New Observers

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Regina Honu, an entrepreneur from Ghana and eminent women’s advocate, have joined We-Fi's Governing Committee as new Observers. Read more...

Supporting Innovation in Uzbekistan

EBRD’s business advisory program, launched with support from We-Fi, is helping women entrepreneurs like Matlyuba Madaminova work with experts to develop innovative tools and solutions to address pressing business challenges. Read more... 

BRAVE Women Nigeria Explained

Business Resilience Assistance for Value-adding Enterprises for Women in Nigeria (BRAVE Women Nigeria) seeks to create an empowering business environment for women entrepreneurs working in fragile/conflict-affected parts of Nigeria and strengthen their resilience. BRAVE Women Nigeria is implemented by IsDB through the Bank of Industry with funding support from We-Fi. Watch the explainer video to learn more... 


FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS...

Opportunity for Women Entrepreneurs in Egypt

Women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses in Egypt have the opportunity to participate in a training program to help scale up their business through e-commerce. The training is made possible by the World Bank with funding support from WeFi. Learn more...

A Free Online Course for Women in Vietnam

"Everlearn" is a free course designed to help women mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses. The learning program is one of the three components of the project on "Support to Mitigate the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Women-Owned SMEs"  implemented by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with support from We-Fi. Learn more...


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

 Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business Summit

In case you missed it, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women recently hosted its annual summit that had in attendance key stakeholders from all over the world who are working to improve gender equality and women's economic empowerment. During the summit, the foundation launched a new report “Gender Stereotypes and Their Impact on Women Entrepreneurs”. The report highlights ways to tackle the gender stereotypes that shape women’s journeys to and through entrepreneurship. Download the report... and watch a recap of the Summit here...

Glasgow Women's Leadership statement

The Scottish Government and UN Women have released a joint statement at COP26 "calling for the role of women and girls to be advanced in addressing climate change." Read more...

Sustainable Bonds for Gender Equality

IFC, in partnership with UN Women and the International Capital Market Association, developed a guide to provide a framework to the market on how sustainable debt instruments can be used to advance gender equality in both the public and private sectors. Click here to download the guide. Watch the recap of the "Sustainable Bonds - Bridging the Gap for Gender Equality" event.

The Gender-Smart Climate Finance Guide

The 2x Climate Finance Taskforce has launched a new toolkit to provide practical guidance and industry-specific sector briefs to investors, development finance institutions, and other stakeholders on how to successfully integrate gender and climate in investment plans and action. The Toolkit was launched during COP26. Learn more...

G20 Summit Leaders on Women-Led Businesses

At the G20 Summit in Rome, a side event chaired by Italian PM Draghi and HM Queen Maxima UNSGSA called for more support for SMEs and women entrepreneurs as part of inclusive, equitable, and sustainable growth.  Watch the recap...

Global Innovators in Business Interviews

In this interview, Stephanie von Friedeburg - Senior Vice President, Operations at the IFC - International Finance Corporation, shares her experience working in international development. She dedicated the feature to We-Fi. Listen here...

Designing for Impact

In a recently published technical guide by CGAP, experts provide practical guidance on how to factor in gender norms when working to advance women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment. Download the report...

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UPCOMING EVENTS

FinEquity 2021 Annual Meeting

The 2021 FinEquity annual meeting is scheduled to take place between December 8 (8:00 am - 10:30 am EST) and December 9 (7:00 am - 1:00 pm EST). The event is open to stakeholders working to advance gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. Learn more...

International Conference on Women Entrepreneurs

International Conference on Women Entrepreneurs is scheduled to take place December 20-21, 2021, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The event aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Women Entrepreneurs. Learn more...
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