IFC and the African Development Bank’s AFAWA initiative announced a new partnership program to boost the professional capacities, incomes and access to finance of thousands of Ivorian women smallholder farmers.
An estimated 112 million more women started using mobile internet last year across low- and middle-income countries, despite the onset of COVID-19, according to the fourth annual GSMA Mobile Gender Gap Report.
An unprecedented ability to connect, collaborate and work from anywhere. Enterprise-level connectivity and equipment at home. New work spaces, automated systems and cognizant buildings at the office.
The African Development Bank (AfDB), announced the appointment of Dr. Beth Dunford as Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development, effective 1st July 2021.
Running until 2030, the Women in Shea (WISH) initiative aims to reach 13,000 women shea collectors from more than 150 communities in northern Ghana.
Women’s health is being transformed and further prioritized with the launch of Organon, the only global company of its size focused on women’s health.
The resilience of women in entrepreneurship and business does not go unnoticed. It is their agility to overcome archaic beliefs and tough situations that have proven their worth.
With an international footprint that serves people in more than 140 markets, Organon’s mission is to deliver impactful medicines and solutions for healthcare issues facing women in Sub-Saharan Africa.
AGRA’s continental VALUE4HER platform connects women in agribusiness with opportunities, market access
To enhance interaction and networking among African women in agribusiness and potential investors and trade partners, a platform dubbed VALUE4HER was launched in 2018 by CTA.
Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, DHL and AWIEF unveil business skills app targeting women entrepreneurs
The app is currently available in Vietnam, Indonesia, Nigeria and Kenya, having supported over 41,000 women since its launch in 2018.
The Agri-Digital Startup Competition aims to enhance and support the digital agriculture ecosystem in Egypt to empower existing and potential entrepreneurs, particularly youth and women.
Aside the sensitization campaigns held in Abuja, the NCC held similar events, in its zonal offices, across the country in furtherance of its commitment to promote the empowerment of young women through ICT.
The e-Commerce markets in Southeast Asia and Africa could grow by over $280 billion and $14.5 billion respectively between 2025 and 2030, according to two IFC reports.
Africa’s e-commerce market could grow by more than $14.5 billion between 2025-2030. This is according to an IFC report published this week.
Africa’s e-commerce market could grow by more than $14.5 billion between 2025-2030 according to an IFC report published today.
This month, Botswana became the first country in Southern Africa, and the third in Africa, to pilot drone technology for health-care delivery. The Drones for Health pilot project aims to reduce preventable maternal deaths.
[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Africa is banking on digital payments innovation to create digital economies.
Every single day, hundreds of millions of payment transactions are completed across Africa via cards, mobile money, and digital payments. The continent is banking on digital payments innovation to create digital economies.
[Kenya] Five women-led tech startups awarded $10k funding by Standard Chartered Women in Tech Incubator
The Standard Chartered Bank has awarded 5 women-led businesses with KES 1,000,000 each. The businesses were picked from the 4th cohort of the Standard Chartered Bank Women in Tech incubation program
Linda Weaver has been appointed Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Africa Communications Media Group (ACG), the African-owned, pan-African firm handling communications and reputation management for global clients in the African context.
African Development Bank invites business enablers to apply for funding to support women entrepreneurs
The African Development Bank is launching a call for proposals for projects enhancing the viability and sustainability of women entrepreneurship enablers.
The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) is hosting the fourth cohort of its flagship AWIEF Growth Accelerator, sponsored by Nedbank.
Gender norms prevent women from using technology to shell maize in Tanzania
The current collaboration follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed recently by Nokia and UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment, which will guide the global partnership.
Africa’s vast oil and gas resources are one of the things that make the continent unique. They are key to a better future. But what we need is for women to have greater control over them.
[Column] Angela Kyerematen Jimoh: Women playing a key role in driving impact through technology in Africa
An IBM study shows that only 1 in 4 global organizations have made gender equity a business priority - and there are now fewer women in the pipeline to fill senior executive roles than there were in 2019.
The training is in line with the fulfillment of the project’s mandate over the next 16 months.
[Kenya] Standard Chartered Bank launches initiative to increase access to financial services for Women
Standard Chartered Bank has launched the Women in Tech Access to Capital initiative aimed at increasing women’s participation in business.
Global lithium battery manufacturer, RELiON Battery, announced its partnership with 1% for the Planet nonprofit organization, Kula Project, financing a brand-new women's center in Rwanda.
[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Global organisations are bringing entrepreneurial and tech skills to support African women
The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, DHL, and Sinapis this week launched a new program to bring entrepreneurial skills and support to over 3,500 of Kenya’s most promising women entrepreneurs
SunTrust Bank has launched the Small and Medium Enterprises product loan for women in the logistics business tagged Women on Wheels (WOW).
Astride Verushka NWAL is the Managing Director of Pharma Pro consulting, a company that distributes reliable and credible information to healthcare professionals on the products of the laboratories that it represents, and also supports pharmaceutical laboratories to set up for the development of their products in Cameroon.
Astride Verushka NWAL est la Directrice Générale de Pharma Pro consulting, une société qui distribue des informations fiables et crédibles aux professionnels de santé sur les produits des laboratoires qu'elle représente et il accompagne les laboratoires pharmaceutiques à s'installer pour le développement de leurs produits au Cameroun.
The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, DHL Express, and Sinapis have announced a new partnership to bring entrepreneurial skills and support to over 3,500 of Kenya’s most promising women entrepreneurs.
The World Bank approved an additional financing of $54.6 million for the Health System Support Project (KIRA), in Burundi.
[Rwanda] African Management Institute and ICT Chamber offer business training to 2,000 tech entrepreneurs
The African Management Institute (AMI) and the Rwanda ICT Chamber have signed a one-year agreement to provide business training to entrepreneurs in the ICT sector to reinforce their skills and boost women’s participation in the sector.
The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), have joined hands with the government of Burkina Faso to implement the BRAVE Women Project in the country.
Technological innovations like artificial intelligence (AI) promise to identify and close these gaps through claims of a more data-driven, objective approach.
Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF), has invested in 16,000 women in all the 16 local governments area of Nigeria’s Kwara State. Each of the 16 thousand rural women were given the sum of N10,000 each, to help boost their petty trade and also start new businesses.
Ivorian based in Ghana, Charlette N’Guessan is a tech entrepreneur who collaborates with various organizations that strongly advocate for gender balance in the tech ecosystem.
The Association of Real Estate Agents, AREA-Uganda, is an umbrella institution of real estate agency/brokerage companies, consultancy real estate firms, and real estate agency /brokerage professionals in Uganda that have key interests in real estate agency/brokerage.
Female leaders of farming cooperatives in Rwanda have been given smartphones to sensitize farmers on agriculture best practices under the #ConnectRwanda initiative.
Connecting women to the digital economy is critical to driving further economic growth and innovation on the African continent.
The Ford Foundation has announced its commitment of $15 million in seed funding to help launch the Black Feminist Fund, a new philanthropic fund developed and led by a core group of Black feminists who sit at the nexus of feminist organizing, advocacy, and philanthropy globally.
Systems integrator Dimension Data Middle East and Africa (MEA) has appointed Nompumelelo Mokou as the Managing Director for its Southern Africa business, effective 1 April 2021.
Microsoft and women’s mentorship organisation, Wentors, have announced a commitment to mentor and train 1,000 women working in the technology industry in the next few years.
CVPeople Tanzania is a talent acquisition and recruitment company that has for 6 years established itself as a frontrunner in the executive search and headhunting for clients across banking, telecom, and NGO sectors.
5G network is here. This fifth generation of wireless technology promises more than just a faster network. It will help redefine the network, establishing a new global wireless standard for speed, throughput and bandwidth.
The digital gender divide in Sub-Saharan Africa means only around 25% of women have access to connectivity, according to the World Economic Forum.
The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is collaborating with Google to train and mentor hundreds of Egyptian women and youth business owners, as well as business advisors, in 2021.
The Government of Canada and the African Development Bank have signed an agreement formalizing the Canada–African Development Bank Climate Fund (CACF), a transformative special fund aimed at providing concessional loans to climate change-related projects.
Ethiopian President Her Excellency Sahle-Worke Zewde has launched the 50 Million African Women Speak (50MAWSP) platform in Addis Ababa with a call on the country’s women to embrace it and use it to grow their businesses.
Africa has been described as the fastest-growing continents in the world. This growth, according to an article published on Forbes has been fueled by a young rapidly urbanizing population.
The internship program is targeting female graduates especially in the technology space with an aim to fill the gender disparity gap within The Nigerian Tech ecosystem especially the Fintech space.
With advisory support from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, Activa Assurances have launched two new insurance solutions in Cameroon, aiming to reach up to one million women by 2022.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced the appointment of Ms. Atsuko TODA as Acting Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, effective 16 March 2021.
The African Guarantee Fund (AGF) and Equity Group signed an agreement which will provide a $75 million guarantee fund to four of Equity’s bank subsidiaries within the Group.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, appointed Amena Arif as its new Country Manager for Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, and Malawi, effective immediately.
A study was carried out by a team of researchers led by Amare Tegbaru, IITA Gender Specialist, to examine the development of drought-tolerant maize varieties in West Africa.
In Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve, Sheila Funnell a wildlife conservationist, is working to protect the Grevy's zebra, an endangered zebra species.
Bolt has unveiled a new campaign to empower women in technology. The campaign will run throughout this month and is targeted at jumpstarting careers for women in the tech space regardless of their field
Women’s mentorship organisation Wentors, in collaboration with Microsoft, through its Microsoft 4Afrika initiative, aims to provide mentorship and training to 1,000 women working in the technology industry.
IFC announced an investment in the Savannah Fund, a technology seed fund in Africa, to increase lending to startups across sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and disruptive companies in high-growth sectors.
For women business leaders in the Tarkwa and Bibiani area of Western Ghana, a trial programme run by Solidaridad might offer a path to financial independence and greater equality.
One of Morocco’s largest banks is ringing in International Women’s Day with an ambitious new program targeting a lack of financial independence among the country’s women.
Women are the backbone of African agriculture and have been unequally affected by the impacts of the COVID pandemic.
As COVID-19 pandemic continues, existing inequalities have been further fanned, with already vulnerable and marginalized groups faced with additional challenges and even further reductions in their access to services and opportunities.
The pandemic is a watershed moment for gender equality and an African Union report notes the importance of a gendered perspective in the analysis of this multi-dimensional event.
Africa Digital Inclusion Facility approves $1.3m grants for research efforts to enhance women’s digital access to loans and micro-insurance
The African Development Bank has approved two grants for research that will increase African women’s access to a range of digital financial services including loans and micro-insurance.
Huawei officially launched its HUAWEI Women Developers (HWD) program, which aims to empower women developers to create applications and tools that can change the world.
Microsoft and non-profit social enterprise, Tech4Dev have partnered to train girls and women across 54 countries in Africa in coding and deep tech skills.
Countries all over the world have prioritized manufacturing in their economic rebound strategies, following the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global employment losses for women stand at 5%, versus 3.9% for men in 2020, according to the ILO Monitor. I
According to the World Bank, Africa is the only continent where female entrepreneurs outnumber their male counterparts. In Kenya, 48% of micro, small, and medium businesses are female-owned.
Azuri Technologies, a pioneer in pay-as-you-go solar home solutions for off-grid Africa, has announced its inaugural Inspiring Women's Awards to celebrate women's empowerment and influence in rural communities.
The AFAWA Guarantee for Growth program targets financial institutions to increase their appetite to lend to women who are known to be better payers
The Global Fund and Fondation CHANEL signed a new agreement to set up a civil society-led fund to strengthen women’s and girls’ engagement in developing health policies, including Global Fund-related processes, in western and central Africa.
Women farmers in Tanzania have harnessed solar technology to reduce post-harvest losses, enhancing food security.
Available for free in digital and physical formats, the book provides inspirational real-life stories for future generations and young leaders.
Enygma Ventures, is looking for passionate women entrepreneurs to invest in. The venture capital fund was established by two successful women entrepreneurs who now invest in women entrepreneurs in Southern Africa.
Invest in Africa (IIA), a private sector-led initiative focused on growing local businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa to deliver positive economic impacts and create jobs, has appointed Carol Annang as its Country Director in Ghana.
Across Africa, urban centres are rapidly expanding as the continent’s large – and growing – youth population seek better fortunes in the city.
The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) has joined the 30% club, a global campaign to take action to increase gender diversity in boards and senior management within the workplace.
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has appointed Habiba Laklalech, CEO of Moroccan Airports Authority (ONDA).
The 50 Million African Women Speak (50MAWSP) platform has been unveiled in Port Louis, as Mauritius becomes the tenth COMESA Member State to launch the digital networking initiative.
Dr. Antje Huber has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer at the digital freight platform Saloodo!, a subsidiary of DHL Global Forwarding.
The World Trade Organization General Council has selected Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria to become its new Director General making her the first woman and African to hold such a position.
Olatorera is Chief Executive Officer of Olatorera Consultancy and is a development proponent and executive leader passionate about progressive governance and innovative growth.
IFC and Club des Femmes Administrateurs (CFA), a non-profit association in Morocco, signed an agreement to help women attain more leadership positions in the business world.
More than ever, women directors are called upon to contribute to the construction of competitive and efficient companies able to meet the current challenges of today.
The African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) program has agreed a partnership with the African Guarantee Fund (AGF) to unlock $1.3 to 2 billion in loans to women-owned SMEs in Africa.
Women are not using mobile apps to conduct financial transactions. This is according to a new study conducted by Caribou Digital with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The increased participation of women in manufacturing is the inevitable change we need to achieve our industrialization goals.
Rwanda’s Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa was on Saturday elected the African Union Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson, by 42 votes out of a possible 55-member state votes, in an election that saw the incumbent chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat retain his position.
TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) and the Government of South Sudan launched a capacity building program that will benefit women entrepreneurs and informal women cross border traders.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and insurance company Leadway Vie Côte d'Ivoire announced a partnership to increase access to life insurance for women in Côte d'Ivoire and create jobs for women as insurance brokers in the country.
Women business leaders and entrepreneurs from the United States, Bahrain, Morocco, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Uzbekistan, and Kosovo have convened for the virtual launch of the United Women’s Economic Development Network.
Africa claims top three spots in Mastercard Index for highest concentration of women businesses owners in the world
The 2020 Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs (MIWE) has once again ranked Uganda (39.6%), Botswana (38.5%) and Ghana (36.5%) as the world’s three leading economies having the most women business owners.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) appointed Paula Santos Da Costa as Acting Director, Office of Integrity and Anticorruption, effective 14 January 2021.
Value Seeds, Mastercard Foundation partner to support women farmers' recovery and resilience in Nigeria
10,000 women in Nigeria will be selected as direct beneficiaries of a two-year agricultural intervention, as Value Seeds launches their COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Intervention Project in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) approved a grant of $11.26 million to the Government of Chad to finance the Girls' Education and Women's Literacy Project - the first Bank grant exclusively targeting women and girls.