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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 […]
Context Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC) was established in 1963 and was incorporated in 1969 as a Government owned Development Finance Institution (DFI) incorporated under the Agricultural Finance Corprotion Act (Cap 323) of the laws of Kenya.   The Corporation’s mandated is to assist in the development of agriculture and agricultural industries by making loans to […]
Context BNI is an investment bank and a Société à Participation Financière Publique Majoritaire (Company with majority public shareholding), and is authorised as a banking institution by the UEMOA (West African Economic and Monetary Union) Banking Commission and the CBWAS/BCEAO. It performs the triple function of investment bank, refinancing bank and advisory bank in Côte […]
Context There is a high proportion of informal women-led micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Federated States of Micronesia. Formalisation of these women-led MSMEs is made difficult because of existing restrictions to accessing commercial finance, partially due to the level of financial literacy and level of asset ownership among women. The Federated States […]
Context Namibia has a relatively high proportion of financially included women compared to its peers in the region. Nevertheless, women and women-led businesses still face constraints to accessing formal financing, partially due to collateral requirement and financial literacy.   The Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) has requested support from the ICR Facility to review […]

Supporting gender-sensitive data gathering in Nigeria

Intervention
Business Regulation and Policy
Context EKDIPA is the investment promotion agency of the Nigerian state of Ekiti. Its mission is to initiate, promote, coordinate and create a conducive environment for investments and development in the State. The Agency is seeking to gather gender-sensitive sectoral data for the purposes of investment promotion (e.g. through sector profiles and other investment promotion […]
Context KADIPA is a one-stop investment centre for businesses and investments and is located in Kaduna State, Nigeria. It is mandated to initiate, promote, facilitate and coordinate investments as well as to develop and implement comprehensive strategies to attract development-oriented investments. KADIPA was established by the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency Law in 2015. It embraced […]
Context The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) has already received support from the ICR Facility to set up its High Business Council (HBC), which was launched in October 2022. The creation of the HBC was one of the priorities of ECCAS’s Strategic Plan for 2021-2025. The HBC aims to strengthen cohesion around the […]
Context NWEC is a parastatal body operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family Welfare in Mauritius. It has been set up in 1999 and provides support and assistance to women entrepreneurs in Mauritius. NWEC offers services to promote economic empowerment of women and encourage the development and growth of women […]
Context The CARICOM Competition Commission’s (CCC) mandate is to ensure that consumers, businesses and CARICOM member states benefit from fair competition and adequate consumer protection. These objectives are to be achieved through the: (i) development of harmonized laws and policies, (ii) enforcement of the rules on competition and consumer protection, and (iii) advocacy of the […]

Reforming the Investment Code in Djibouti

Intervention
Investment Policy
Context The ICR Facility received a request for support from Djibouti’s Secretariat of State for Investment and Private Sector Development to assist them in revising the current Investment Code into a new Investment Charter. Djibouti’s State Secretariat for Investments and Private Sector Development was created in May 2021 to replace the Ministry of the Presidency […]
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