Archive for April 2009

Interviews: Needs of Pakistan’s Women Entrepreneurs

We have been working with the Lahore Chamber through its partner Uks Radio Production to produce a series of radio programs for women entrepreneurs. This will go on air in mid-May. We took the opportunity to interview Uks team to learn what they experienced in the field.

Watch the Video Interviews

Hammad Siddiqui
Senior Program Manager
Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Trade with African Women, Invest in Africa

Visit the Fourth Global Women Entrepreneurs’ Trade Fair in Accra and do business with African women entrepreneurs; source for alternate closer and highly competitive supplies. Make contacts at this fair with over 500 African women entrepreneurs, the hope for Africa’s economic recovery and development. Visit the fair as an investor, exhibitor, buyer or a resource person.

This event is being organized by African Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (AFWE), and Hosted by Ghana Association of Women Entrepreneurs (GAWE).

July 23rd – August 2nd, 2009
Accra International Conference Centre, Ghana

Flyer and Registration information

Lucia Quachey

Finance Minister, Home Minister, and Bangladesh Bank Governor Promise Action on Women’s National Business Agenda

The Honorable Finance Minister, the Honorable Home Minister and the Honorable Governor of Bangladesh Bank promised immediate action and cooperation with the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) in implementing the policy changes outlined in its Women’s National Business Agenda. An unprecedented effort in Bangladesh, the agenda will serve as a powerful advocacy tool for the private sector and shows that the women’s business community is determined to play a positive role in Bangladesh’s democratic and economic development.

Read the press release.

Top Ten Priorities of the Women’s National Business Agenda

Best,
Selima Ahmad
President, BWCCI

Dynamism in Informal Enterprise in Nairobi

Dear all,

I am happy to share with you a copy of my working paper written during my sabbatical at the International Development Centre, Open University, UK.

In the midst of poverty and social economic crisis in Nairobi, jua kali (the local name for the informal sector) micro enterprises have shown resilience and dynamism. The reality is that jua kali has managed to rationalise its business identity, carve out space in the city of Nairobi, and affect mainstream thinking. This paper argues that jua kali is an alternative pathway to urban dynamism.

Excerpt:
“Kamweretho women’s movement is another indicator of social dynamism arising from engagement in jua kali activities. The women who pioneered the Kamweretho were predominantly Kikuyu business women who were carrying out different types of business activities. Often, these women do not need to go to a bank or plead with their spouse to give them money; neither do they have to visit an ATM to finance an urgent transaction…”

Is Informal Enterprise a Path to Urban Socio-Economic Dynamism in Nairobi?”

Mary Kinyanjui

Thinking of Starting a Women’s Business Association?

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) has helped hundreds of business associations around the world to attract new members, professionalize their operations, and sharpen their advocacy skills. Here is a summary of steps you should take if you are seeking to develop a women entrepreneurs’ club or network into a modern business association. ”A Tool for Building a Better Business Association,” by Suzanne Etcheverry, covers the basics of strategic planning, membership development, and advocacy skills for women’s associations. Good luck building your association!

By the way, the CWE website now receives 100 visits per day! Thanks for visiting!

Kim