Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative

  May 31, 2021

The Power of Data

By Wendy Teleki, Head of the We-Fi Secretariat

The power of data can help us see where women, and women entrepreneurs are in distress, but it can also help us chart the path forward. Examples like the UK Investing in Women Code help us see the potential for collective action to use data to improve visibility and understand how best to intervene. We are looking forward to drawing on this research and experience going forward. Read More...


Voices of Inspiration for Women Entrepreneurs

WEChampion is a series of video conversations hosted by Maggie Lake, former CNN business anchor featuring personal stories of We-Fi’s Leadership Champions. These videos are aimed to inspire women entrepreneurs, especially those facing challenges from COVID-19.

Marilou van Golstein Brouwers, Impact Investment Advisor

Kaori Sasaki, Founder & CEO, ewoman, Inc.

Sarah Al Suhaimi, Chair, Tadawul

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EBRD: Promoting Green Technologies and New Opportunities for Women-led Businesses in Tajikistan

With We-Fi support, an EBRD program will help promote women’s entrepreneurship and business activity by assisting with access to finance, know-how, and technical advice. The initiative also provides technical support to financial institutions to enhance the services they offer to women-led businesses.  Learn More...

A Woman-Focused Recovery for a More Inclusive Post-COVID-19 Future

We-Fi was represented at the ADB’s Annual Meetings panel on a woman-focused recovery. Wendy Teleki, head of the We-Fi Secretariat joined experts in a discussion to address the need for strategies, innovative approaches, and partnerships to ensure women can equally benefit from and contribute to COVID-19 recovery. Watch Event  |  Op-Ed: Putting women at the center of Asia's pandemic recovery

A Guide to Investing in First-Time Women and Diverse Fund Managers


Developed by GenderSmart with We-Fi support, the guide is a tool for asset allocators, advisors, and fund managers to understand the structural solutions to backing funds led by first-time women and diverse managers. Download Guide...

Women and e-commerce in Africa

The IFC study is the first large-scale use of platform data in the region to inform the extent of women’s participation on e-commerce and how online platforms can benefit women business owners. Learn More...

African Development Bank Invites Business Enablers to Apply for Funding to Support Women Entrepreneurs

With We-Fi support, the African Development Bank Group is launching a call for proposals for projects enhancing the viability and sustainability of women entrepreneurship enablers. Learn More...

Pakistan Startup Ecosystem Report

Supported by We-Fi, the Pakistan Startup Ecosystem Report, published recently by the World Bank, delves into the current entrepreneurial environment for digital start-ups, highlighting the trends, gaps and challenges facing entrepreneurs and investors, and includes recommendations on how to progress in the future. Download Full Report...

Mind the Gap — Is Fintech Closing the Gender Gap in Access to Finance?

A World Bank study shows that fintech is not (yet) making good on its promise: there is a sizable “fintech gender gap.” While 29% of men in the survey use fintech, only 21% of women do — a gap of 8 percentage points. Read More...

Registration Opens for Generation Equality Forum in Paris

Registration is now open to participate in the Generation Equality Forum in Paris – a milestone global event to advance action and investment for gender equality. Registration will be open until Sunday, 27 June. Register Now...

WEConnect International Day: Rise to the Challenge

Join WEConnect International on 27 June for a celebratory event where trailblazing women-owned businesses supporting critical STEM sectors are recognized. Register Now...

EBRD Conference: Women in Business Programme in Tajikistan and Central Asia

On 24 June, the EBRD will convene an event that discusses achievements, challenges and opportunities for women-led SMEs in Tajikistan and Central Asia. Details forthcoming.
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