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50 MILLION AFRICAN WOMEN SPEAK NETWORKING PLATFORM (COMESA)


Aperçu

  • Référence: P-Z1-G00-014
  • Date d’approbation: 15/07/2016
  • Date de début: 08/11/2016
  • Date d'évaluation: 30/03/2016
  • Statut: En coursOnGo
  • Agence d'implémentation: COMESA Secretariat
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Description

Component 1: Support for hosting infrastructure platform

* Provisioning of development, staging and production hosting server infrastructure; Interfacing with existing systems and networks; Hosting infrastructure monitoring and support services; Infrastructure R&D services; Continuous optimisation of infrastructure components; platform bandwidth consumption; and Data base infrastructure Component 2: Support for content and related data base platform development

* Application and content development of the platform using open source technologies; Development of a mobile platform as the SME-user interface; Development of donor / funder / investor user interface and supporting statistical databases and analytics components; Development of a content platform, for hosting, managing and provision of educational, financial-inclusion and other SME-specific business content; Content syndication, curation, translation and original content development; and development of the statistical web data base Component 3: Support for back office/in-country resources

* Back office/in-country resources; Centralised back office, including business administration and management functions; Centralised project office for co-ordination of in-country projects and team; and public relations, marketing functions; and interfacing with local systems and Component 4: Project management

* Provide the necessary resources to strengthen the operational and technical capacity of NFNV Chapters (field offices) in the 15 countries


Objectifs

The goal of this platform is to improve the ability of women entrepreneurs to access finance and find relevant financial and non-financial information that will assist them to grow and sustain their businesses. A unique feature of this platform is that it will be technology and data driven, and will be more than just an information gateway. Its broader purpose is to create a dynamic and engaging exchange of ideas among women entrepreneurs, connecting them with one another in ways that will foster peer-to-peer learning, mentoring and the sharing of information and knowledge within communities, and access to market opportunities between urban and rural areas, and across borders and countries. These connections will also spur new ideas from the women themselves on how financial institutions and business development support providers can better respond to their needs. The platform will also be providing an opportunity to capture important statistics on financial inclusion in Africa. Its related statistical database should be able to provide sound and accurate data both on SMEs led by women and Financial Institutions products by country. It should contribute to generating and sharing knowledge on women's access to finance in countries.


Justificatif

African women entrepreneurs continue to face gender-specific barriers, such as illiteracy, lower levels of education and business training, weak property rights that deprive them of collateral and tangible assets, legal barriers that impede their economic activity and cultural barriers that discourage women from thriving as entrepreneurs. These barriers constrain their access to finance and financial services and limit the size and growth of their businesses - a phenomenon experienced by women-owned SMEs worldwide. Although microfinance has contributed to partly filling the credit gap for women entrepreneurs, there is a clear need to move beyond microfinance, as many women-owned businesses require a wider range of financial products and services, and larger loans than microfinance institutions are able to provide. An appropriate technology platform is needed to facilitate greater access to information and finance for women-owned SMEs. 7 9.2 The platform is expected to create a dynamic and engaging exchange of ideas among women entrepreneurs, connecting them with one another in ways that will foster peer-to-peer learning, mentoring and the sharing of information and knowledge within communities, and access to finance and market opportunities between urban and rural areas, and across borders and between countries. 9.3 The proposed project is in line with the Bank's Strategy 2013-2022, which reaffirms its commitment to gender equality as an essential element of inclusive growth. Promoting financial inclusion for African women's economic empowerment is also one of the pillars of the Bank's Gender Strategy 2014-2018. 9.4 The project also falls within the overall vision of New Faces New Voices, which focuses on expanding the role and influence of women in the financial sector.


Bénéfices

Impact on population: The platform will initially target women entrepreneurs aged between 25 - 54 years, although no other age groups (nor men) are specifically excluded, in Africa, who often struggle to access to information and finance and who also are less likely to have established business networks or mentors that can offer them much-needed advice and guidance on how to grow their businesses. Due to their affinity for technology and social media, they are expected to be early adopters of the platform and will help spread its benefits to women in other age brackets. 11.5.2 Impact on regional integration: The platform will create a dynamic and engaging exchange of ideas among women entrepreneurs, connecting them with one another in ways that will foster peer-to-peer learning, mentoring and the sharing of information and knowledge within communities, as well as access to market opportunities between urban and rural areas, and across borders and countries. 11.5.3 Impact on private sector development. Given that the hosting, application development and content will be outsourced to potential IT service providers, the private sector will play a major role in the sustainability of the platform. 10 11.5.4 Gender equality: The project design will also seek to address the gender-specific challenges women entrepreneurs continue to face, such as lower levels of education and business training, access to finance and financial services, information, and so on.


Contacts clés

JACK Salieu - PITD3


Coûts

Source Montant
FADUAC 3.820.000
TotalUAC 3.820.000
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