Regional Center for Organization Management Hosted Balkan Women Coalition Seminar and Workshop in Bucharest, Romania

The Regional Center for Organization Management (RCOM) has recently hosted in Bucharest, Romania a seminar and a workshop of the Balkan Women Coalition.

The events were organized with support from the European Union, through the Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Programme, as part of project titled: “Balkan Women Coalition for Professional Qualification and Training in the Field of Business and Economic Science”.

Women entrepreneurs and managers, representatives of business associations and companies from seven countries in the Balkan Region attended the two Balkan Women Coalition events. The participants came from Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Romania, Serbia and Turkey.  

The seminar „New Opportunities in Business and Development” took place at the Uzinexport Business Center in Bucharest on March 18-19. Topics on the agenda included changes in the business environment and consumer profile, the importance of analyzing markets correctly, the elements of a business plan, the importance of organizational culture in developing companies, cooperation versus competition and the impact of the global market: local versus global companies.

The workshop “Women Entrepreneurs and Their Role in Promoting Corporate Governance” was held on March 20-21. The participants had the opportunity to discuss, exchange views and learn more about corporate governance principles, Board of Directors’ roles and responsibilities, methods and tools that can be used to evaluate the Boards’ performance, corporate governance as an antidote to corruption and what women entrepreneurs and associations can do to promote corporate governance.

The Regional Center for Organization Management (RCOM) is a Romanian foundation that was created in 2007 by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE).

CIPE Blog Competition


CALLING ALL BLOGGERS! CIPE invites you to participate in our first Blog Competition.

We are looking for bloggers who have a passion for democratic and economic reforms and their role in development. You don’t need to be a professional writer or affiliated with an organization — anyone who can tell a compelling story is welcome to submit their best post.

Your blog post should be in English and address one of the following three topics:

1. How can social media empower citizens to participate in democratic dialogue on constructive reform?

2. What experiences from other countries can guide the role of youth in your country’s democratic and economic development?

3. What story or personal experience can you share to illustrate the need and possible solutions for democratic and economic reforms in your country?

The submission deadline is December 2, 2013. Authors of the three best posts will each receive a $250 honorarium and CIPE will publish the winning entries on the CIPE Development Blog.
Rules and submission guidelines can be found here.


Recommendations for Women’s Entrepreneurship in Peshawar

Pakistan – The Peshawar Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, working under a small grant from CIPE, has put forward to the regional government a set of policy recommendations to benefit women entrepreneurs in the region. This week the Chamber held a closing event for over 100 participants. The Education Minister agreed to consider including basic business education at the middle school level across the province and a regional focus group for women entrepreneurs will be formed to work on the other policy recommendations. The event was widely covered by the press, including:,, and

Blog by Hammad Siddiqui: “Entrepreneurship Development in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Suma Veritas Win’s Acquisition International’s M&A Award

Suma Veritas

Each year, the publishers of Acquisition International Magazine issue the M&A Awards to celebrate excellence and recognize achievements of hard working organizations.  The awards are based solely on merit and nominees are selected by their clients and peers.  This year, AI presented the M&A award for Social Network of the Year to Graciela De Oto for the great work of Fundacion Suma Veritas.

Suma Veritas, based in Argentina, is a social global network that supports women’s economic empowerment through networking and training, which assist women to achieve their leadership potential.  The organization aims to provide a motivational environment and sense of belonging to facilitate the start up of women businesses.  Through its activities Suma Veritas helps women how to combine leadership skills with an entrepreneurial spirit and achieve personal growth and success.


New WEAB Showroom in Gulshan, Bangladesh

With great pleasure, we announce that we have opened our very own showroom named “SHEUTI” where our handicrafts products will be displayed for sale and to promote internationally. These products are made by our trained rural Women Entrepreneurs and we have a training centre to provide training and make them skilled to develop their product quality.

The main objective behind the formation of Sheuti was to give the women of our country a platform to hone as well as showcase their talents. Through Sheuti, these women will have the option to enhance their skills and capacities, which will empower them to become wholesome, independent, self-reliant individuals.

We had our inaugural ceremony for the showroom on 5th July, 2013. Mr. Dilip Barua, Honorable Minister for Industries of the Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, was Chief Guest at the event, and other prominent individuals were present at the occasion, including H.E Mr. Dan Mozena, Ambassador of the United States of America, Mr. A.K. Azad Ex-President, FBCCI, Begum Raushan Ershad, MP, and Rasheda Begum Hira, MP, who were special guests at the event.

Govt to Set up Bank for Women Entrepreneurs” (The Independent)

It would be our pleasure to have you visit our showroom sometime.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Nasreen Fatema Awal
Women Entrepreneur Association of Bangladesh

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BWCCI Overcomes Challenges in Bangladesh

In May, the  Bangladesh Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) received a fund of $1,350,388 to train 56 groups of 30 women entrepreneurs across Bangladesh.  This endeavor came with a challenge however, if we did not use all of the funds by June, the money would need to be returned.  Naturally, my staff questioned whether such a feat was even possible.


As an entrepreneur, I learned that opportunity is not a constant and when it arrives, we must take full advantage and use it to its potential.  BWCCI was established to benefit women entrepreneurs and help women build their businesses and we had no choice but to do our best to compete the mission at hand.  We increased our existing trainers and outsourced another 60.  After training them, I spoke to them and said, “Let’s work together and make the impossible possible!”


Throughout the month of June we reviewed the existing module, planned our training sessions, purchased the necessary materials and implemented our programs.  In addition to battling poor infrastructure and the traffic jams that are so common in Bangladesh we lost three whole days due to a Mayoral election, budget proceedings, and a religious holiday!  Never the less, I am proud and happy to say that we completed the 56th batch on June 29th.  That means we provided training to 1,580 women throughout 26 districts of Bangladesh!

As a result, we are receiving funding to train an additional 16,000 women through June 2014! We look forward to continuing our empowerment of women entrepreneurs and hope to gain at least 600 additional members through this program.  The challenge starts now!

4th International Balkan Countries Women and Business Conference

On June 2oth, the International Women and Business Group and Burgas Free University will host the 4th International Balkan Countries Women and Business Conference.  Held in Burgas, Bulgaria, the conference will focus on a number of issues affecting women entrepreneurs including legal barriers, education, and growth and finance.  In addition, conference participants will also discuss topics such as the corporate social responsibility strategy for women entrepreneurs and company performance of women oriented companies.

For more information or to download the conference agenda, please visit the conference website.

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Advancing Entrepreneurship in Nepal


SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council (SCWEC) and Zonta Club Kathmandu Nepal jointly organized a talk program on the topic “Effective Advocacy: How to Advance a Reform Agenda to Encourage Entrepreneurshipon of April 26th 2013. The keynote speaker was Ms. Karen Kerrigan, President and CEO of Small Business Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), USA

Ms. Pramila Acharya Rijal, Chairperson of SCWEC and Founder President of Zonta Club of Kathmandu Nepal welcomed all the participants and gave a brief introduction of the SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council and Zonta Club of Kathmandu Nepal which focuses on the advancement of women on the national and regional level.

Ms. Karen Kerrigan, who is also Chair of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), shared SBE Council’s mission which is “Protect small business, Promote Entrepreneurship”. Entrepreneurs are job creators. Currently 200 million are unemployed where 75 million are 25 years and under. In the next 15 years, 600 million new jobs will be needed worldwide.

Ms. Kerrigan also shared some of the recommendations on world entrepreneurship forum such as:

  • Reform Regulations
  • Promote Proper Governance
  • Create early education and young adult entrepreneurial curricula
  • Promote lifelong entrepreneurial education
  • Empower entrepreneurial women, Minorities
  • Understand entrepreneurship
  • Create new “ Entrepreneurial Friendly” Institutions
  • Foster Positive Entrepreneurial Attitudes

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BWCCI, UNFPA Join Forces to Empower Women


On Tuesday, May 28th, the Bangladesh Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) signed an agreement with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to carry out a 3 year program that aims to empower women in Bangladesh.  The project is titled, “Economic opportunities and sexual and reproductive health and rights- a pathway to empowering girls and women in Bangladesh” and has a budget of $527,888.

According to UNFPA Bangladesh representative, Arthur Erken, identifying and and addressing power imbalances is a critical aspect of promoting gender equality.  One major imbalance in Bangladesh is a limited role for women in their families when it comes to reproductive decision-making.  By increasing access to and utilization of information and services related to reproductive health, the project seeks to give women more autonomy to manage their own lives.

The 3-year project will also channel this increased autonomy towards economic empowerment by improving the entrepreneurial and technical knowledge and skills of women, which will allow them to start their own business enterprises.  When paired with increased control and knowledge of reproductive health, this initiative will tackle challenges of technical know-how and long-term sustainability with regards to women operated businesses.

Selima Ahmad

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Integrating Women into Value Chains

How can you effectively integrate women into value chains? With this question in mind, two representatives from the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), an international development association based in Canada, shared their experiences with women’s economic development projects.

The benefits of empowering and integrating women into the economy are widely known. But what exactly must be done to incorporate women into value chains, especially in parts of the world where women face cultural barriers to participating in their economies? Continue reading ‘Integrating Women into Value Chains’ »