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Partager les expériences pour renforcer l’égalité hommes-femmes en Afrique sub-saharienne

Le 27 Février, un atelier régional de haut niveau a débuté à Lomé (Togo), avec la participation des ministres en charge de la promotion de la femme et des représentants de 11 pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest et Centrale. Le thème principal de l’atelier était le rapport du Groupe de la Banque mondiale, « Les Femmes, l’Entreprise et le Droit 2014 : Lever les obstacles au renforcement de...

Competitive Cities: Which Are They, and Why Should We Care?

With the majority of the world’s population now urban, cities are rising in prominence. Growing attention is being paid to cities’ potential to increase incomes and create jobs – whether through financial services and electronics manufacturing in Chennai, regionally integrated manufacturing around Guangzhou, or social and physical transformation in Medellin. Less prominent cities are asking how they...

Financial Inclusion Up Close in Rwanda

You don’t have to spend very long in Rwanda before you start to be impressed by the financial inclusion landscape in this country – not only by the progress made over the past several years, but by the scale of ambition for the rest of this decade and beyond. The government has set a target of 90 percent financial inclusion by 2020 and the evidence of progress toward this goal is everywhere: Advertisements...

Female Entrepreneurship: What Support Programs Should Do (and What They Should Avoid Doing)

Take a look at the nine points listed below, and think about the various support programs for women entrepreneurs that you may be familiar with. Have you seen these factors before? Ignore gender differences Create curriculum around PowerPoint (Stand and deliver) Emphasis on existing idea or opportunity Use of big business examples Use of industry standards Reliance on banks as start-up funds Primarily including...

Sharing Experiences and Insights to Enhance Gender Equality in Sub-Saharan Africa

On February 27, a high-level regional workshop kicked off in Lomé, Togo, with the participation of Ministers of gender affairs and officials from 11 economies from West and Central Africa focusing on the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law 2014: Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality report. A welcome dinner prior to the official opening of the event revealed the dynamic nature of...

Rethinking SME Finance Policy – harnessing technology and innovation

Conventional SME finance policies are designed to address conventional constraints to SMEs accessing the financial services which they need to manage risks, meet supply orders, and invest in new technologies and market opportunities. Yet technology and innovative approaches are transforming the business of SME finance, mitigating conventional challenges and risks and in some cases presenting new risks. Continuing...

Treasure-Hunting for Women Entrepreneurs

Pick any country in the developing world. Say, Pakistan. Where are the women entrepreneurs in Pakistan? They start and manage digital-content creation firms serving international clients. They are sole proprietors of construction businesses bidding for government projects. They supervise tailors and embroiderers in windowless storage rooms that double as stitching units. They export high-end gems and jewelry...