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Context The National Development Bank (NDB) of Botswana has a mandate to finance individuals and businesses, including start-ups and well-established companies. The focus is agricultural lending for food security and feeding the nation.  The World bank report on Botswana states “Botswana has come a long way in awarding women’s equal rights.” Despite all these reforms, the […]
Context Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) is a business membership organisation. It’s mission is to advocate for and support the creation of a favourable commercial, trade, and investment environment that supports enterprise expansion growth. KNCCI seeks to work on gender-sensitive public procurement primarily to: Promote women’s economic empowerment, by supporting their women-led […]
Context After 4 years of existence, impacted by the covid pandemic, the PNG – Europe Business Council has reached 8 corporate members and 35 individual members. It has already organised, jointly with the PNG Investment Promotion Authority, the PNG National Trade Office and the Department of Commerce and Industry, and with the support of the […]
Context Following the adoption of an Ordinance-Law on the promotion of entrepreneurship and start-ups in September 2022, the issue of access to finance for start-ups and MSMEs persists, and crowdfunding remains scarcely developed in the DRC. Despite its mention in the law, there is currently no regulatory or institutional framework to promote and supervise crowdfunding. […]
Context The economic reforms of the 1990s highlighted the lack of long-term funding as it was not offered by any of the commercial and financial institutions operating in Tanzania at the time. The Government of Tanzania therefore re-designated TIB as a Development Finance Institution (DFI) in 2005 to provide affordable development financing for an inclusive, […]
Context Mozambique was placed 82.5 out of 100 in the World Bank Women Business and the Law Index which is higher than the regional average of 71.5. This has however not translated to more women owning or part owning businesses, nor has it translated to women gaining more access to credit or business development services. […]
Context Gender inequality in Nigeria is less than optimal. As the Bank of Industry (BoI) Nigeria is the largest DFI in Nigeria, increasing BoI’s effectiveness in serving WSMEs will significantly improve equality. Out of a population of about 213 million, approximately 50% are women and 40% of women are entrepreneurs, one of the highest rates […]
Context The Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (AACCSA) is the oldest and largest Chamber in Ethiopia (with around 17,000 members), representing a wide spectrum of businesses based in Addis Ababa which constitute more than 60% of all businesses operating in the country. AACCSA voices the needs of businesses and advocates for the […]
Context A large proportion of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Zimbabwe are run by women. While MSMEs are a key driver of economic growth in the country, loans dedicated to women-led enterprises are still very low, partially due to a lack of acceptable collateral and a lack of information on financing services. The […]
Context The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) facilitates economic growth and development across all sectors and includes all Jamaicans, regardless of socio-economic strata, in its quest to meet the Vision 2030 goal of making Jamaica “the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business. To this end, DBJ provides access to low-cost […]
Context Contributions of women to the promotion and growth of the MSME sector and the development and productivity of the economy is recognised in Nigeria’s National Policy on MSMEs (2021-2025), which considers women-owned enterprises as special target enterprises. It is well documented that women-owned enterprises generally lag in the MSME sector for several reasons including […]
Context Malawi is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world. It is particularly prone to droughts and floods which have increased in frequency and intensity over the last 20 years – recently, Cyclones Idai and Freddy. Research has evidenced the negative impact of climate related events on SME. Women-owned businesses are often disproportionately […]
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