The first edition of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science South African National Programme, highlights L'Oréal’s strong commitment to South African female scientists.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced a $1.1 billion lending programme to help women entrepreneurs on the continent.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has opened an office in Angola to deepen its support for private sector development and economic diversification the country.
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry (the dti) has welcomed Procter & Gamble’s R300 million investment in a new Always sanitary pads manufacturing plant which has created 300 jobs in South Africa.
AfricaCom 2019 has a strong focus on building gender parity in the technology and telecoms industries this year, with a number of initiatives that will be launched.
Microsoft through the Cloud and AI Security Engineering team has reiterated its commitment to advocate for women with an interest in security engineering through the SheHacks annual HackFest Festival.
[South Africa] Kaizer Chiefs partners with PinkCodrs Africa to train young women into developers and data scientists
Kaizer Chiefs and PinkCodrs Africa have started a partnership that seeks to develop young women into fully fledged data scientists and developers.
In Malambo village, Ngorongoro district, the lush forests and livestock that once flourished and the rivers that flowed year-long are now a distant memory.
The European Union (EU) is providing €9.5 million in humanitarian funding to the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) in South Sudan to provide food and nutrition support.
IFAD has opened a regional office in Cairo to serve as a strategic rural development center for its work to reduce poverty, empower women and youth, and create employment opportunities in seven countries across the region.
African Development Bank announces new accountability index to measure institutional lending to women
The African Development Bank president said that a new tool to track the level of lending to women across the continent will be important for ensuring women get the critical financial help they need.
Rwanda’s Clarisse and Patricia from Côte d'Ivoire named among world seven top advocates for women in tech, e-commerce
The tech and e-commerce industry remains a male-dominated playing field globally, but a surge in women demanding a seat at the table – and delivering the goods online – means that this could change.
About 30,900 rural people in the Kingdom of Eswatini will benefit from a new US$38.5 million project that aims to improve the prosperity and resilience of poor and vulnerable smallholder farmers and micro-entrepreneurs in the country.
Atlas Mara announced that the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has entered into an agreement to provide $200 million in financing for Union Bank of Nigeria (UBN) to support inclusive lending across Nigeria.
UN Women has hosted an interactive data lab to showcase the new Women Count Data Hub, the first of its kind to provide public access to gender data that can be used to monitor progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
United States Consulate General in Lagos has launched the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a State Department-led initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world.
In spite of a slight improvement in the food security situation since June 2019, more than half the population of South Sudan, some 6.35 million people, do not know where their next meal will come from, three United Nations agencies warned.
Radwa Khairy has over a decade's worth of experience in the Human Resources, Hospitality and Travels fields. In December 2018, she founded Talents Fit, a recruitment platform servicing human resourcing and employment needs in Egypt.
The search for Women in Technology is Back. The call for application for the Standard Chartered Women In Tech Incubator cohort lll is now open for Women led small and medium business leveraging in technology.
Huawei Kenya recently launched a women in technology initiative to support women in the IT workplaces through charitable ICT training programs to strike gender parity in what has been predominantly a male domain.
GCR Ratings is pleased to announce the appointment of Sylvia Chahonyo to drive its growth and expansion strategy across East Africa.
Kobo360 was launched in 2017 by entrepreneurs Obi Ozor and Ife Oyedele II. Kagure Wamunyu is the current CEO, leading the company's expansion and growth in the African region.
In a bid to enhance investor protection and the fair treatment of customers, Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has cautioned the public against participating in any capital raising and public offer of shares offered by WIE.
Since 2014, over 96,000 women in northern Ghana saved USD $7.8 million – or about 42,659,747 cedis - and invested the money to improve the health, education, nutrition, and economic opportunities of their families.
Sixty young ‘Girls In ICT’ from different schools in the Western Region were hosted by telecom operator AirtelTigo through a mentorship event as part of activities outlined by the Ministry of Communications.
Palladium announces $40 million impact investment fund targeting small businesses in Sub Saharan Africa
Global consultancy firm Palladium has announced its first impact investment fund to bridge the financing gap for small businesses in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Government of Japan has contributed US$1 million to help prevent chronic malnutrition and support vulnerable families with pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under two years in Burundi.
South African business has a serious diversity problem - only 3.3% of listed companies have female CEOs and 85% of CEOs are white, despite an increase from 2018.
Zahira Bouaouda has been appointed President of MATIS Aerospace, a 50/50 joint venture between Safran Electrical & Power and Boeing, specialising in electrical wiring interconnection systems.
Volkswagen has partnered with the Lionesses of Africa organization to assist in developing their over 600 000 female entrepreneurs across 54 African countries.
When I envision AfCFTA, I see a continent where the cost of trade is cut by nearly 80 per cent. Having been in the importation business for over three years I will say that the one thing that eats up our profits the most was the importation taxes and duties.
Four women from Sub-Saharan Africa are among 20 female business leaders profiled in a publication by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, for their professional success, despite facing formidable challenges.
[Column] Anne Wambui Gaitha: African Trade Agreement key to Financial Services, Logistics, Tourism industries
I believe that the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is a game changer in international trade and will be an amazing opportunity for African brands.
Nigerian Film and Entertainment Studio, ROK, was recently acquired by French media giant, CANAL+. Mary Njoku, the leader of ROK, talks to Africa Business Communities about the aquisition and what it means for the African entertainment industry.
[Senegal] GreeenTec Capital Partners signs deal with DER to tackle investment challenges for entrepreneurs
The Senegalese General Delegation for the Acceleration of Entrepreneurship for Women and Young People (DER),has signed a partnership agreement with GreenTec Capital Partners.
[South Africa] UK-SA Tech Hub, Future Females partnership delivers first 50 female tech entrepreneurs graduates
Earlier this year Future Females secured a partnership with the UK-SA Tech Hub, to support 50 South African, early-stage female tech entrepreneurs, to transform their ideas into businesses.
Tanzania needs to undertake important and urgent investments to accelerate progress in the health and education of its citizens, especially the youth, if the country is to improve its human capital for sustainable development.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the European Union (EU) celebrated their five-year-long partnership in Egypt during which they have assisted more than 2.3 million people in collaboration with the Egyptian Government.
Boluwa Olojo joined the startup Go Ads Africa as its Chief Marketing and Sales officer, telling the company story and selling its products.
The French startup kwik has announced today that Olatowun Candide-Johnson, a Nigerian lawyer and businesswoman, has officially been appointed Chairwoman of its supervisory board.
MTN Group has appointed Yolanda Cuba as Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer. Yolanda will join the MTN Group Executive Committee reporting to the Group CEO Rob Shuter.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced a 200 million Zambian Kwacha (approximately $15 million) loan to Stanbic Bank Zambia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Bank Group.
[Nigeria] Access Bank partners She Leads Africa on Facebook Program for training female entrepreneurs
Access Bank, in partnership with She Leads Africa, has concluded the first phase of #SheMeansBusiness, a Facebook programme aimed at empowering female SMEs on how to leverage digital platforms to drive growth in their businesses.
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved an International Development Association (IDA) grant of $47 million equivalent for Improving Results in Secondary Education (IRISE) project for Liberia.
Naspers has announced the appointment of Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa to the global Naspers management team as CEO, South Africa.
MumsVillage, a parenting website for expert advice and online community support in Kenya, announced the launch of the MumsVillageShop.
With the aim of reducing the financial inclusion gender gap in Kenya, Stanbic Bank has today launched a Value Proposition for women dubbed D.A.D.A. that will provide essential financial and non-financial services that Kenyan women need to grow.
Safaricom has been inducted as the 4th member of the highest governing body of the Unstereotype Alliance chaired by Phumzile Mlambo – Ngcuka, the UN Women Executive Director.
Rwanda Private Sector Federation receives $2.2 million from TMEA to support private sector and women entrepreneurs
TradeMark East Africa and Rwanda’sPrivate Sector Federation have announced a new public private sector dialogue for trade and investment programme and support to women entrepreneur’s programme.
The United Nations WFP welcomes a €3 million contribution from the Government of Austria in support of over 5,000 households in Chemba district, Sofala province in Mozambique, prioritising vulnerable children, adolescent girls and women.
Anne Wambui Gaitha is an investment and financial services professional. She founded Regal Africa in 2015. Located at Top Plaza, 4th floor, Kindaruma Road, Kilimani, Nairobi, the company provides diverse financial services in East Africa.
The U.S. Agency for International Development has announced $500,000 in funding and $100,000 in technical assistance to the Women's World Banking Asset Management (WAM) blended-finance fund.
Leading Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) along with the Mastercard Foundation announced that they are joining forces to sponsor the 2X Invest2Impact business competition in Africa.
Union Bank has partnered with MamaMoni Empowerment Foundation to set up an Innovation Hub for low-income women and girls from urban slum communities.
Merck Foundation, together with The First Lady of Liberia, H.E. Clar Weah, and Ministry of Health will launch new programs to build equitable healthcare capacity and break the infertility stigma in the country.
Wilhelmina Diop is investing her skills in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development into providing rural communities in Ethiopia with affordable access to power, through the startup company, HelloSolar.
Nestlé has unveiled a plan to spend an extra Sh23million to empower coffee growing households in Western and Central regions of Kenya in a renewed – Coffee by Women in Kenya.
Esther Asante is the founder and CEO of Organic Trade & Investments, a Ghana based online retail store selling organically produced commodities.
The Governing Committee of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) has approved a funding allocation of $61.8 million for the African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa program.
Kenya’s leading e-healthcare platform MYDAWA, has secured a $3M investment from Africa HealthCare Master Fund. This is the first round of external funding the company has received since its inception in 2017.
The World Bank and Egypt have yesterday signed an agreement to support the next generation of reforms in Egypt focused on promoting entrepreneurship and creating more job opportunities particularly for young people and women.
ECA and partners in innovative project to harness demographic dividend and gender equality in Africa
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and partners are implementing a project to harness potential of demographic dividend and gender equality in Africa and Asia and the Pacific for sustainable development.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is joining forces with Ureed, a pioneering online platform providing linguistic services in the Middle East, to help increase economic and employment opportunities for women in Lebanon and Jordan.
Lower-paid workers in Mauritius are to some extent catching up to their higher-paid counterparts over time, according to Mauritius: Earnings Mobility and Inequality of Opportunity in the Labor Market, a new World Bank report.
The Economic Commission for Africa has launched the African Women Leadership Fund in Morocco on the sidelines of the African Regional Forum for Sustainable Development.
I am a ‘feminist’.It’s a title that’s crept up on me over the last few years, as I’ve become increasingly impassioned about gender equality.
The Government of Japan has agreed to fund a $ 419, 682 project to improve livelihoods in Gabon through strengthened food security.
SAP Next-Gen has launched the local chapter of Women in Data Science, an initiative that seeks to educate female data scientists and encourage them to enter the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
The Acting President and CEO of OPIC, the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump announced the launch of OPIC’s 2X Africa initiative to support investment in women in Africa.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has launched the Finance2Equal Tanzania Initiative aimed at increasing women’s participation across businesses by reducing gender gaps.
[Kenya] UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation trains 100 women leaders in hospitality and tourism
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Kenyan Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife have sponsored 100 Kenyan women to qualifying them for the hospitality and tourism sector.
IFC has entered into partnerships with Al Mansour, owner of prominent food retail chains in Egypt, to increase economic opportunities for women.
Women entrepreneurs working in agricultural processing in the Kigoma Region have seen a boost to their income and social position thanks to a programme led by Energy 4 Impact.
Kemi Ayinde is co-founder and CEO of Heathpoint, a company making healthcare, through the use of technology, widely accessible and affordable in Nigeria.
One hundred and sixty young women have begun a month-long coding class on two Nigerian campuses under a new programme to give African youth digital skills for the work force.
Faridah Afadameh is CEO of Ashfar Group, a pan African business enterprise with footprints in West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa.
Evidently, the novelty and productivity that women bring into a business is being lauded across the world for having a reverberating effect on all growing economies.
South African small business manufacturers in the cosmetics industry would do well in international markets and meet the high export demand as their products are of high quality and affordable, according to CECOSA Executive Director.
IFC is partnering with GSE and over 70 other stock exchanges around the world to “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality”, an initiative that will seek to promote increased women’s participation in the global economy.
[Kenya] TechnoServe, Moody’s Foundation partnership to equip 1,000 entrepreneurs with business skills
Development organization TechnoServe has announced a new partnership with Moody’s to empower entrepreneurs in the informal settlements of Nairobi.
Vibrant sustainable economies require the full inclusion and participation of all citizens and especially women, a joint statement by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) says.
René Stegmann is a South African entrepreneur experienced in the Mobility, Research and Immigration industries, and is currently the Director of Relocation Africa.
OPIC, the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, has committed $10 million to support the introduction of off-grid solar kits and appliances in Chad.
Sanlam has announced that it has agreed to the pricing of the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Transaction announced in October 2018.
As the world marks International Women’s Day it is time to take stock of our strides as Kenya, towards gender parity, especially in terms of women’s economic contribution.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Visa (NYSE: V) today reinforced its dedication to women empowerment with the launch of the first Visa Everywhere Initiative: Women’s Global Edition.
Gebeya, a Pan-African education technology and online job placement company together with IFC, through the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, signed a $500,000 agreement to implement the Digital Gender-Ethiopia Program.
Leading off-grid utilities provider Winch Energy, has appointed highly respected African energy expert Mrs. Olga Johnson as an Ambassador for Africa.
Eni Angola, representing Sonangol - Concessionaire and the partners of Block 15/06 - Sonangol P&P and SSI, signed a new donation contract with HALO Trust in support of the demining activity in the country.
Dr. Jill Sawers is an innovation, business and entrepreneurship development specialist that co-founded FEMTECH to roll out in Africa an experiential training programme for women entrepreneurs running technology-enabled businesses.
The African Export-Import Bank has upgraded its compliance function to a full department, naming long-serving banker Maureen Mba as Director.
Founded in 2007, Branding & Marketing YOU is headed up by Donna Rachelson - branding and marketing specialist, author of three best-selling books, successful businesswoman and savvy business investor.
Kirsty Chadwick, a citizen of New Zealand, puts to work her passion for education and the technology at her disposal to create innovative, cost effective and fully customised e-learning solutions.
IFC signed an agreement with Banque de l’Habitat to launch a pioneering project that will help the bank boost financial inclusion for women in Tunisia and launch a digital offering for its customers.
Kathryn Main is an advocate of financial literacy and believes it is a cornerstone of prosperity and security for any community. The author of 'Raising Money Savvy Kids', she runs her company in Johannesburg, South Africa, delivering financial education in a number of ways.
With a significant drop-out rate of girls from primary school to secondary school and college, one new initiative in Ghana aims to improve the country's innovation.
Esther Dumbiri put her talent with words and colors to good use by starting a publishing firm over a decade ago, a firm that has grown in leaps and bounds.
Hayat Essakkati is a Dutch/Moroccan entrepreneur and Director of Maroc4Invest, a company that secures foreign investors a smooth and efficient entry into the Moroccan market.
Year after year, the majority of senior executives in South Africa are men. In July last year, only one of the JSE’s Top 40 companies had a female CEO.
Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), parent company of the Ecobank Group, has appointed Ms. Arunma Oteh to its Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director.