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The Business of Empowering Women

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011

January 2010

The business of empowering women presents a case for why and how the private sector should intensify its engagement in the economic empowerment of women in developing countries and emerging markets.

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  Global  impact investing  sector publication  Women 

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The Third Billion

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011

June 2010

As growing numbers of women enter the economic mainstream, they will have a profound effect on global business.

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Tags:  Development  Entrepreneurship  Global  sector publication  Women 

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Aid in Support of Women’s Economic Empowerment

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011


January 2011

Economic empowerment aims to raise the capacity of women and men to participate in, contribute to and benefit from growth processes in ways which recognise the value of their contributions, respect their dignity and make it possible to negotiate a fairer distribution of the benefits of growth.1 Economic empowerment of women increases their access to economic resources and opportunities. This access is often hindered by discrimination and persistent gender inequalities. Women’s economic participation and empowerment bring direct benefits to women but also have a strong impact on poverty and growth, and are essential for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Tags:  gender  inequality  sector publication  Women 

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Promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship Development based on Good Practice Programmes: Some Experiences from the North to the South

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011

2001

The purpose of this paper is to examine women’s entrepreneurship support programmes in the context of developed countries in order to formulate recommendations for their replicability in developing countries. The focus is on good practice, and the programmes reviewed in the paper were selected based on a combination of performance criteria and their potential for replicability. The performance criteria used were: outreach/scale, effectiveness, cost efficiency, impact and sustainability.

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Tags:  emerging markets  Entrepreneurship  sector publication  Women 

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ILO strategy on promoting women’’s entrepreneurship development

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Monday, December 12, 2011

March 2008

The Committee on Employment and Social Policy requested the Office in November 2007 to prepare a strategy paper on women’s entrepreneurship development (WED) for its consideration. The first section of this paper presents the background to the issue within the Office and introduces the case for an enhanced focus on WED. Section II outlines the evolution of WED activities within the Office. Section III presents the lessons learned,while Section IV outlines a proposed future strategy (also summarized in Appendix I). Finally, Section V describes how the strategy would be put into effect.

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Tags:  Development  Entrepreneurship  sector publication  Women 

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Impact Investing: Challenges and Opportunities to Scale - Global Impact Investing Rating System

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Summer 2011

25 GIIRS Pioneer Funds agreed to have 200 of their portfolio companies participate in the GIIRS World Beta and be the first to receive a GIIRS Fund Rating. The GIIRS Pioneers Funds manage $1.2 billion in assets deployed across 30 countries, including leading impact investors such as Acumen, E+Co and SEAF in emerging markets and Renewal Partners, RSF Social Finance and SustainVC in North America.

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Tags:  Dataset  impact investing  Market Sizing  sector publication 

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Women's Entrepreneurship Development in Vietnam - Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry & the Industrial Labour Organisation

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Thursday, November 17, 2011
September 2007

Women play a very important role in the economic development of Vietnam. They are involved in business activities at all levels, making
important contributions to economic growth. Nowadays, Vietnamese women are increasingly active in parts of the economy that were previously considered male domain. Women entrepreneurs also create jobs. By December 2005, it was estimated that 24% of the 113,352 incorporated enterprises were owned by women. On top of that, an estimated 27% of 3 million household businesses are owned by women.

The research underlying this report aimed to assess the development patterns of women- and men-owned enterprises in Vietnam. It  identified the constraints and opportunities faced by male and female entrepreneurs as well as their needs with emphasis on the demands for business development services and representation.

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  policy  sector publication  Vietnam  women 

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Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2010 - Babson College & Universidad del Desarrollo

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Thursday, November 17, 2011
2011

With this report, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) has completed 12 annual surveys of the entrepreneurial attitudes, activities and aspirations of individuals around the world. Starting with just 10 developed countries in 1999, GEM has grown
to include over 80 economies during the course of these 12 years. In 2010, over 175,000 people were surveyed in 59 economies. These 59 economies represent not only the largest sample yet, but also the most geographically and economically diverse group
surveyed. Together, this group covers over 52% of the world’s population and 84% of the world’s GDP. 

The 2010 survey shows that, in the economies analyzed, some 110 million people between 18 and 64 years old were actively engaged in starting a business. Another 140 million were running new businesses they started less than 3½ years earlier. Taken together, some 250 million were involved in what GEM defines as early stage entrepreneurial activity. Out of these individuals, an estimated 63 million people expected to hire at least five employees over the next five years, and 27 million of these individuals anticipated hiring twenty or more employees in five years. This illustrates the contribution of entrepreneurship to job growth across the globe.

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Tags:  Dataset  Economic Growth  Entrepreneurship  Global  sector publication  Women 

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Bridging the Gender Divide: How Technology Can Advance Women Economically - International Center for Research on Women

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Thursday, November 17, 2011
2010

This report examines why technology is essential to women’s economic advancement and clarifies how it puts the process in motion by showcasing technologies that have helped women in developing countries to increase their productivity, create new entrepreneurial ventures, or otherwise access new income-generating pursuits. 

This paper builds on ICRW’s long-standing research and program work on the realities of what it takes to enable women to increase their resources and economic opportunities, and strengthen their ability to compete in market economies. Most important, it speaks to the growing number of actors driving innovation fromthe public, private, and social sectors with practical recommendations on how to improve the way technologies are developed and deployed so they benefit women and enable them to be more successful economic actors, strong

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Tags:  Economic Growth  Global  Information and Communication Technology  sector publication  Women 

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A Business to Call Her Own - Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF)

Posted By Saurabh Lall, Aspen Institute - ANDE, Thursday, November 17, 2011
April 2010

This study provides an overview of the status of women’s businesses, focusing on microenterprises, which represent the majority of these businesses in the region. It presents key quantitative and qualitative data for six countries in Latin America: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico and Peru. Through a series of case studies, it explores the differences between men’s and women’s businesses in these countries and the main barriers women face as they start and grow their businesses. Special emphasis is given to the role of access to financial services and to how the growth and development of the microfinance industry in Latin
America has supported women microentrepreneurs.

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Tags:  Access to Finance  Case Studies  Latin America  sector publication  SME  Women 

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