African Women in Business Initiative

11-Jul-2012

Female Entrepreneurs Gather in Lagos for African Women’s Economic Summit

African Women Pledge to Fight for Inclusive Growth The Second African Women’s Economic Summit, currently under way in Lagos, is a “summit of action”, said the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Donald Kaberuka, when he addressed the conference on its opening day, 12 July. Read More Background The Second African Women’s Economic Summit, currently under way in Lagos, is a “summit of action”, said the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Donald Kaberuka, when he addressed the conference on its opening day, 12 July. The summit, organized on the theme...
25-Oct-2010

AfDB Mulls African Women Innovation Award

Tunis, 22 October 2010 – The African Development Bank (AfDB) is considering launching a global competition aimed at identifying women’s projects and women-owned small businesses which have proved to be most innovative within Africa’s civil society. Leila Mokaddem, AfDB Financial Institutions Manager, made the announcement at the Congress of the World Business Women Association (FCEM), holding from 19-23 October 2010 in Florence, Italy. Co-sponsored by the AfDB, the 58th FCEM is focusing on the theme: “New Economy, New Ecology”. “The African Women Innovation Award would be given to...
19-Oct-2010

AfDB Supports African Women Entrepreneurs in Efforts at Exploring Ways of Enhancing Cooperation with Global Business Leaders

Women entrepreneurs constitute one of the key drivers of Africa’s sustainable growth. As Africa’s lead development partner, the AfDB actively supports women entrepreneurs. Under the AWIB (African Women in Business) Initiative, Bank support to the World Association of Women Entrepreneur’s (FCEM) fifty-eighth congress aims at strengthening cooperation and business partnerships between African women entrepreneurs and global women business leaders. For the sixth consecutive year, the AfDB is partnering with the FCEM in co-sponsoring its 58th Congress in Florence, Italy, that runs from...
22-Mar-2010

The African Development Bank Commits to Support Women’s Economic Empowerment Forum

Tunis / Nairobi 21st  March - The first African Women Economic Summit in Nairobi was a real success. On the afternoon of the final day, the high level audience of 160 African and global decision-makers in the financial and political sectors, policy-makers, regulators, commercial banks, and prominent women entrepreneurs agreed on goals that will bring women centre stage in the financial sector. They pledged to drive change to include more women in finance. As Africa’s financial system is rethought in response to a global call for financial sector reform and rising...
19-Mar-2010

AfDB and Founder of New Faces, New Voices Network Co-host of the African Women Economic Summit

The African Development Bank Commits to Support Women’s Economic Empowerment Forum Tunis / Nairobi 21st  March - The first African Women Economic Summit in Nairobi was a real success. On the afternoon of the final day, the high level audience of 160 African and global decision-makers in the financial and political sectors, policy-makers, regulators, commercial banks, and prominent women entrepreneurs agreed on goals that will bring women centre stage in the financial sector. They pledged to drive change to include more women in finance. Read More Summit's Background...
19-Mar-2010

The African Women to Play an Important Part in Building the African Financial System

unis / Nairobi 19 March 2010 – Global and African leaders are invited by the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Donald Kaberuka, and Mrs. Graça Machel, Founder of New Faces, New Voices (NFNV) to the first “African Women’s Economic Summit” to ensure the inclusion of women in the decisions that are shaping the global financial system. Today, Raila Odinga, the Right Honourable Prime Minister of Kenya opens the two days Summit at the Windsor Golf and Country Club in Nairobi, Kenya. Some 100 African and global decision-makers in the financial and political sectors, policy-...
19-Mar-2010

African Leaders Strongly Support Financial Inclusion for Women

Tunis / Nairobi, 20 March 2010 – The African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Donald Kaberuka, and Mrs. Graça Machel, Founder of New Faces, New Voices (NFNV) on Friday in Nairobi, jointly launched the first “African Women’s Economic Summit” to ensure the inclusion of women in decisions that are shaping the global financial system. During the opening session, Kenya’s Prime Minister, Raila Odinga and Central Bank Governor, Njuguna Ndung’u expressed their strong support to African Women’s Economic Empowerment in view of women’s positive role in tackling the continent’s development...
16-Mar-2010

Message of the President of the African Development Bank, Donald Kaberuka on the African Women Economic Summit

Women have always played a pivotal role in the socio-economic development of Africa. As farmers, entrepreneurs, traders and innovators, they are key economic actors in the continent. At the African Development Bank, we acknowledge the benefits of improving women’s economic opportunities. It is a way to enhance women’s contribution to the growth of our economies and the well-being of our communities. I believe, strongly believe investing in women differently is essential to revitalize our economies. It is with this commitment that, together with the founder of the New Faces and New...
16-Mar-2010

AfDB President Says Investing in Women Differently is Essential to Revitalizing Africa’s Economy

African Development Bank (AfDB) Group President, Donald Kaberuka, and New Faces New Voices (NFNV) Founder, Graça Machel, have invited African and global leaders to Nairobi, Kenya, to the first African Women Economic Summit (AWES) which aims at integrating women in the brainstorming process on rebuilding the global financial system. The two-day event will be opened by the Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, on 19 March 2010.  Some one hundred African and global leaders, businesspeople, policy-makers, regulatory officials, bankers and women entrepreneurs, will define achievable and...
15-Mar-2010

Top African and Global Leaders Together to Think About Investing Differently in Women

Tunis, 15 March 2010 – Global and African leaders are invited by the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Donald Kaberuka, and Mrs. Graça Machel, Founder of New Faces, New Voices (NFNV) to the first “African Women’s Economic Summit” to ensure the inclusion of women in the decisions that are shaping the global financial system.  On the 19th of March 2010, Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya will open the two day Summit at the Windsor Golf and Country Club in Nairobi, Kenya. Some 100 African and global decision-makers in the financial and political sectors, policy-...
11-Mar-2010

«Il faut agir vite, car 2015 est proche !», dit Mme Marie Delphine Ndiaye, présidente des femmes juristes du Sénégal

Question : Le Groupe de la banque africaine de développement (BAD), à l’instar de la communauté internationale, célèbre ce 8 mars 2010 la Journée internationale de la femme.  Comment percevez-vous l’action de  la BAD en faveur des femmes? Réponse : De manière générale, il reste beaucoup reste à faire pour une véritable égalité du genre, cependant, les réalisations de la BAD en matière d’éducation et de santé en Afrique et surtout ses actions en faveur des milieux ruraux ses dernières années en disent long. Il est vrai que des défis majeurs restent à relever, en ce qui...
05-Mar-2010

AfDB Financial Management Director, Kodeija Diallo, Calls on All Women to Aspire to Excellence in their Endeavours

As the Bank celebrates the International Women’s Day on Monday, 8 March 2010, AfDB’s web editorial team spoke with AfDB Financial Management Department (FFMA) Director, Kodeidja Diallo, to obtain her views on current conditions and perceptions of women in Africa and what the Bank is doing to help women take their rightful places in the African society. At the end of the interview, Mrs.Diallo gave a message of hope particularly to the majority of women who are not holding leadership positions, emphasizing that any of them can equally contribute to Africa’s future as long as they “aim at...
24-Feb-2010

African Women's Economic Summit: Investing Differently in Women

Tunis, 1st March 2010 – The African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Donald Kaberuka, and Founder of New Faces, New Voices network (NFNV) Graca Machel, will co-host “The African Women Economic Summit” scheduled to take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 19-20 March 2010 on the Theme: Investing differently in Women. The high-level event will bring together some 100 African and global leaders in the financial and political sectors, policy-makers, regulators, commercial banks, and prominent women entrepreneurs to formulate actionable and measurable interventions to shape the financial...
29-Oct-2009

Les femmes entrepreneures africaines se réunissent pour réfléchir aux défis posés par la crise économique

Jamais une réunion de femmes chefs d’entreprise  africaines n’avait pris une telle ampleur. Il faut dire que le contexte économique rend encore plus difficile pour les femmes l’exercice de direction d’une micro, petite ou moyenne entreprise en Afrique. Faut-il le rappeler, les femmes sont un moteur pour le développement  en Afrique. Elles représentent plus de la moitié de la population et la majorité des MPME ( micro petites et moyennes entreprises, soit près de 90 % des entreprises en Afrique) sont dirigées ou appartiennent à des femmes. Ces entreprises sont un vivier d’emploi...
27-Oct-2009

Cairo to host First AfDB / ILO Pan-African Forum on Women Entrepreneurship Development

Cairo/Tunis/Addis Ababa – The First Pan-African Forum on Women’s Entrepreneurship Development (WED) in response to the financial and economic crisis – jointly organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) under the patronage of the First Lady of Egypt, Her Excellency, Madam Suzanne Mubarak, – will be held from 27-29 October 2009 in Cairo, Egypt. This joint Regional forum aims at exploring concrete challenges and opportunities to promote women-owned enterprises in response to the crisis. AfDB strongly believes in fostering women...
27-Oct-2009

AfDB organizes today conference on women entrepreneurship development

Tunis / Yaoundé - 26 th October 2009 – Under its African Women In Business (AWIB) Initiative launched in 2004 by AfDB Private Sector Operations (OPSM) and as a side event to the 57th World Congress of FCEM- World Association of Women Entrepreneurs, the African Development Bank organizes today a workshop on “Enhancing African Women In Business’ Development in the context of the crisis” to be held in the conferences’ center of Yaoundé. AfDB is the official sponsor of the conference organized under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Cameroon in partnership with the...
26-Oct-2009

AfDB Organises Conference on Women Entrepreneurship Development

Tunis, 12 October 2009 – Under its African Women In Business (AWIB) Initiative launched in 2004 by AfDB Private Sector Operations (OPSM) and as a side event to the 57th World Congress of FCEM- World Association of Women Entrepreneurs, the African Development Bank organizes a workshop on “Enhancing African Women In Business’ Development in the context of the crisis” to be held in the conferences’ center of Yaoundé, Cameroon on October 26th, 2009. AfDB is the official sponsor of the conference organized under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Cameroon in partnership with...