The designing process of the 50 Million African Women Speak (50MWS) Digital Platform for women entrepreneurs has commenced following the kick-off workshop held at the COMESA Secretariat in Lusaka, Zambia.
Bridgett Majola and Itumeleng Mukhovha, lawyers at global law firm Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, have both been included on the list of the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 outstanding young South Africans in recent years.
Seven years ago five women from Khelcom Birane, a village in central Senegal, set up a farming cooperative with only $10.
Marcia Ashong, of Ghanaian nationality, is an entrepreneur with experience in upstream oil and gas law, project management, consulting and business development. She founded TheBoardroom Africa, an outfit dedicated to increasing female boardroom participation in Africa, with her co-founder Tamsin Jones.
Mrs. Mary Chinery-Hesse has been sworn into office as the Chancellor of the University of Ghana.
Duduzile Mkhwanazi is the Chief Executive Officer of South African non-profit organization, Project Isizwe, an organization dedicated to bringing internet access to the populace.
As industries grow, so does the job market, consumer satisfation and investor confidence. Nigeria is gaining a reputation as fertile ground for both business expansion and takeoff point for startups.
The board of directors of Ethiopia's lone telecom company, Ethio Telecom, appointed new CEO, Frehiwot Tamiru, replacing Andualem Admassie, who served for five years.
The negative effects of gender inequality across the world are a serious issue that institutions and corporations across Africa can no longer avoid.
American Founder of Pursue Your Purpose LLC and Forbes Coach, Tamiko Cuellar, will be launching a 4-city "Own Your Brilliance! Tour throughout South Africa and Namibia for aspiring and emerging women entrepreneurs.
ECA’s Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe announced that plans are underway to set up the African Women Leadership Fund to help speed up the growth of women-led businesses around the Continent.
As one of East Africa’s big brothers in economic growth and development, Kenya has this week continued to attract praise and investment with its landmark investments delivering impressive payoffs.
Peace Hyde has opened another branch of her innovative entrepreneurship development and skills acquisition non-profit, Aim Higher Africa in Lagos.
COMESA has successfully launched the 50 Million African Women Speak (50MWS) project, a women economic empowerment initiative, in Malawi.
The CEO of Melvin Marsh International Limited and the chairlady of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers Flora Mutahi has been appointed to the board of the United Nations Global Compact.
By ramping up their lending to female entrepreneurs, banks in Tunisia could dramatically increase their profits while also driving economic growth across the country, says a new report from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group.
The Lusaka City Council has launched a Social Inclusion and Gender Policy aimed at ensuring that Council promotes a conducive and enabling working environment and ensures that its services reach all intended beneficiaries.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the State Secretariat of Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO), have released a study that demonstrates that better performing companies in Ghana tend to have more gender-balanced boards.
More than sixty women and women’s groups involved in agricultural processing in the most impoverished areas of Tanzania will receive commercial and technology training to boost their productivity and profitability.
At a time when Kenya is enjoying a boom in the business of fitness buoyed by a growing middle class keen on their health, women are trailblazing in moving fitness beyond hobby to career.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has announced a $60 million investment in a regional risk-sharing facility to support Bank of Africa Group’s lending to small and medium enterprises in eight African countries.
COMESA has begun to engage member States on the implementation of the 50 Million African Women Speak project, a women empowerment project funded by the African Development Bank.
We have gained good traction especially in the transport sector, we were able to process over 5million transactions and about $40 million dollars in 2017 on our platform.
ITC launches Netherlands Trust Fund IV project to increase the competitiveness of technology companies in Uganda
The NTF IV project is designed to scale up companies, provide more end-to-end solutions, engage more start-ups, and ultimately be one of the key drivers of the development of Uganda’s IT sector
The digital gap between men and women is widening and the divide is reinforcing socioeconomic inequalities
A Congolese young woman has developed a new alternative technology that could lead to longer-life batteries for EVs and is also relevant to grid stations, satellites and other energy storage systems.
East African nations can harness their trade policies to help empower women economically in the region, thanks to improvements in education, employment and other key areas.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Daltex, an agribusiness producer in Egypt have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase economic opportunities for its women employees and smallholder farmers.
Microsoft Egypt has launched a female empowerment campaign dubbed #MakeWhatsNext designed to encourage young females to consider careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related industries.
The Economic Commission for Africa is establishing a fund to promote African women entrepreneurs as economic and business leaders, the institution’s Executive Secretary Vera Songwe has said.
Somalia has celebrated this year’s Girls in ICT day with the launch of an initiative to create gender parity in Somalia’s ICT industry.
Access to digital technologies enable girls and young women to benefit from increased employment and business opportunities
Entrepreneurs across Africa are using innovative design skills to create an international buzz.
Maria E. Auma is a Ugandan entrepreneur and finance expert. She is currently the Managing Partner of Blue Luxury Investments, an investment management firm based in Kampala, Uganda.
Global refreshment brand Lipton and charity organization WE have partnered to empower 80,000 women in tea farming communities across Kenya by providing them access to financial and business skills training.
Much of the 20th Century has been characterized by the agitation for the promotion of equality and equity for women who for a long time have played at the periphery of society.
In 2017, Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was 0.83% (compared to a decline of 1.58% in 2016). In the second quarter of 2017, the country officially emerged from arecession which had lasted about a year.
While the overall business environment for women appears to be improving in South Africa, there is a clear divide between businesses that are gender-equitable and those that aren’t.
The denial of justice to the refinery-affected people by the High Court judges has led to the perpetration of injustices and human rights abuses that no justice-minded judicial officer should subject any citizen,” said Mr. Innocent Tumwebaze.
RwandAir and Question Coffee have announced a ground breaking partnership to serve Rwandan specialty coffee on all of RwandAir flights with over 2 million cups to be offered in the next 2 years.
Access Bank Ghana has entered into a partnership with its long standing financial partner, FMO, the Dutch Development Bank, for a $25 million facility to boost its lending capacity.
Despite daunting challenges, several economies in Sub-Saharan Africa are making progress in enacting laws that promote equality between men and women, says the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law 2018 report.
Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Gulf African Bank ink deal to boost women, youth and persons with disabilities owned SMEs
Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Gulf African Bank (GAB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with aimed at boosting economic inclusion, empowerment of women, youth and persons with disabilities owned SME’s.
Women industrialists have come together to map out ways in which they can drive industrial growth in the manufacturing sector.
The Women Elite Sports Empowerment Initiative (WESIE) was founded in 2012 by British/Nigerian Funke E. Adeniji, who began playing basketball in her teens, working her way up from collegiate level basketball in the UK to division 1, the UK’s premiere league for women.
While South Africa has made progress in reducing the gender bias for women engaging in early stage entrepreneurial activities, the number of women business owners remains constrained by a lack of entrepreneurial intent.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has committed to expand support for initiatives in South Africa that help address persistent challenges in job creation, especially for young people and women.
SAP Africa today announced the appointment of Cathy Smith as Managing Director. Cathy brings more than 25 years of leadership and technology experience to the role and is the first female leader of SAP Africa.
More than 4,776 women in Uganda have benefited from a TradeMark East Africa Women and Trade programme since 2015. They are part of the 25,000 women across East Africa who have directly benefited from the programme.
Following the release of the Mastercard Index of Women’s Entrepreneurship, it has been revealed that 46.4 percent of businesses in Ghana are owned by women, making it one of the top performing African countries highlighted in the index.
The world of manufacturing is beginning to realize the value of women’s participation for its advancement, as it transforms through technology and rapid digitization.
Nestlé Kenya has joined thousands other companies from across the globe in signing the UN Women Empowerment Principles as the company commemorated the 2018 International Women’s Day.
Madagascar receives $45 million from World Bank to promote financial inclusion of Individuals and small enterprises
The World Bank has approved a $45 million International Development Association credit to promote the financial inclusion of individuals and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Madagascar.
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) can support Egyptian business women in expanding their trading activities into other African countries.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has announced new financing of R1.2 billion, $100 million, to support FNB’s lending to small and medium enterprises, with a focus on women-owned businesses.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation says it is ready to collaborate with the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) to encourage female children to study Engineering.
Nadine Tinen appointed to lead the Sub Saharan Francophone Africa region for PwC France and Francophone Africa
Nadine Tinen has been named Regional Senior Partner of PwC Sub-Saharan Francophone Africa , thus also joining the Territory Leadership Team for PwC France & Francophone Africa. Appointed on 1 July 2017. She takes over from Edouard Messou.
Bluedrop Learning Networks, a division of Bluedrop Performance Learning has secured a contract with Solar Sister to scale and build the capacity of their Associates in Nigeria and Tanzania.
A new United Nations initiative, aimed at building the resilience of a million women and youth in the Sahel to climate impacts through smart agriculture, has been launched at the One Planet Summit
[Egypt] The Almas Jiwani Foundation announces new strategic partnership with Lions Legacy International
The Almas Jiwani Foundation has announced a new strategic partnership with Lions Legacy International.
Thousands of small and medium enterprises in Mauritius will benefit from a US $100-million loan to the country from the African Development Bank.
Young girls in Africa face overwhelming barriers to education caused by socio and economic challenges, widening the gender gap.
Global payments technology company Visa has launched the newly-incorporated Visa Foundation that will prioritize the growth of micro and small enterprises around the world, enabling individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive.
The onset of new technological inventions is always underpinned by ambivalence at best, and at worst, fear and alarm.
50 Million Women Speak Digital Platform set to create digital value that underpins Africa’s future economic transformation
Online platforms can dramatically change the digital economy and bring enormous benefits in today's digital society.
The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation has signed a partnership with The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation to further leverage resources and expertise to support sustainable economic impact in MCC partner countries in Africa.
Kenya Association of Manufacturers together with UN Women has held the third Women in Manufacturing Forum themed ‘Why gender inclusivity is smart business’ targeting women entrepreneurs.
40 employees from Samsung's headquarters in South Korea have gathered in Accra to take part in the company's annual Employee Volunteer Programme (EVP).
ECREEE, CTCN and PFAN have launched a call for proposals for women-led sustainable energy enterprises in West-Africa, as part of the CTCN/ECOWAS Project on Mainstreaming Gender for a Climate-Resilient Energy System in West Africa.
[Column] Mariam Abdullahi: The top 4 digital transformation priorities for African telecoms operators
After nearly two decades of uninhibited growth and profitability, African telecoms operators (telcos) are facing the converging forces of digital disruption.
The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has appointed Vanessa Moungar, the African Development Bank’s Director for Gender, Women and Civil Society, to his Presidential Council for Africa.
Tope Hassan is known as an African Tourist, bootstrapping through African nations to discover African Brands & Entrepreneurs. She founded ISOKO Africa a year ago as a dedicated media outlet for African brands.
The Federation of National Association of Women in Business (FEMCOM) has officially launched the Sudanese Business Women Secretariat as the FEMCOM National Chapter.
Women are an undervalued force in South Africa’s economy. To grow their positive impact the Masisizane Fund, an Old Mutual South Africa initiative has a strong focus on empowering women entrepreneurs.
Kyle Moss serves as a government affairs program manager and head of global entrepreneurship for Qualcomm Wireless Reach. Based in San Diego, Moss designs, implements, and manages social impact programs throughout Africa, Asia, and the US.
WDB Investment Holdings has increased its stake in Seed Engine (incorporating Seed Academy and the WDB Seed Fund) from 35% to 51%, officially confirming Seed Engine as a proudly 51% black women owned company.
Tanzania Women of Achievement launches mentorship and learning on the go platform for girls and women in Africa
Tanzania Women of Achievement (TWA) has launched Twaa Mentorship, an online portal and mobile app designed to provide mentorship and learning on the go for girls and women in Africa.
Telkom has appointed Catherine Olaka as its Chief Human Resources Officer.
Brenda Achere is Engagement Manager for Africa at MEDx eHealthCenter, a digital health solution headquartered in The Netherlands.
Ms. R. Mukami Kariuki, a Kenyan National, is the new World Bank Country Manager for Zimbabwe.
[Côte d’Ivoire] Policies supporting gender parity could bring $8 billion to country’s economy, World Bank
Côte d'Ivoire could achieve economic gains of $6 billion to $8 billion over time, if it could improve gender parity and gradually eliminate discrimination against women, according to the latest World Bank report on Cote d’Ivoire’s economic situation.
A project targeting some 30,000 residents of located in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso are seeing the fruits of development initiatives resulting from a $100,000 Community Managed Fund project.
Beryle Uza is the Managing Director of Angled North, a Marketing Consultant firm focused on lead Generation, executive branding and career navigation for African management professionals.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has called for the empowerment of small and medium operators in the textiles, apparel and accessories sectors as a deliberate job creation strategy.
A beneficiary of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program, Alternative Waste Technologies, Kenya has, in the two years since its inception, made significant leaps in energy production and environmental conservation.
More than 160 out-of-school, unemployed or self-employed young women between the ages of 18 and 35 have graduated from the Junior Achievement South Africa Youth Enterprise Development Programme 2017.
Software as a Service specialist, e4, has appointed Adri Führi as its Group Chief Financial Officer.
The African Development Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Vanessa Moungar as Director of Gender, Women and Civil Society with effect from 1st July 2017.
South Africa’s latest unemployment figures make for sombre reading. While official unemployment is now 27.7 percent, the most affected group is young people under the age of 35.
Guinness Nigeria Plc has announced the appointment of Viola Graham-Douglas as its Corporate Relations Director.
When the world thinks of fine-dining, African food is not often at the top of the list of cuisines to be considered, something which Ghana-born Adwoa Hagan-Mensah is working hard to change.
GROHE, the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings and a global brand dedicated to providing innovative water products, has today announced the appointment of Ms. Renu Misra as the President of GROHE Middle East, Africa and East Mediterranean.
Africa is standing before a small window of opportunity to grow future-ready leaders equipped to take on a new era of industry.
The Women in Global Health (WGH) Movement honored Kenya’s Mercy Owuor of Lwala Community Alliance alongside 12 other women at the movement’s “Heroines of Health” gala event that took place last evening in the Swiss Capital Geneva, on the margins of the ongoing World Health Assembly.
[South Africa] Department of Trade & Industry, Woolworths and the IDC inspire black women entrepreneurs
The Department of Trade & Industry (dti), Woolworths and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) have officially opened the doors of K9 Pet Foods’ new 3 600 m² factory premises in the Western Cape.
Kenya Association of Manufacturers has launched the first ever Women in Manufacturing Programme in Kenya. This is a mentorship and networking platform aimed at increasing the participation of women in the manufacturing sector as part of the drive to industrialize for a stable and sustainable economic future for Kenya.
After a long journey that lasted six months since the launch of the program and a day full of excitement, creativity, talent and top class competition, Mastercard and INJAZ Egypt announced the five winning teams of the “Mastercard Women’s Entrepreneurship Program”.
[Nigeria] She Leads Africa launches accelerator for women run businesses with Work in Progress Alliance
She Leads Africa has announced applications for the 2017 She Leads Africa Accelerator, a 3-month program designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest entrepreneurs.
A majority of adult Zimbabweans say the government is performing badly in terms of creating jobs, according to the most recent Afrobarometer survey. Asked to rate the performance of the government on 18 different performance majorities, citizens also negatively rate government performance in many other areas such as maintenance of roads and bridges, narrowing income gaps, fighting corruption and improving the living standards of the poor.
Aishat designs and makes shoes. Charity makes clothes and embellishes fabrics. Doren owns a flourishing purified water sachet delivery business.Despite these and many other inspiring women entrepreneurs we work with in Nigeria, there are clear obstacles to reaching this point of success for many women.