Entreprenurship And Inct For African Women Aec 2009

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African Economic Conference, Addis Ababa, 11-13 Nov 2009

African Economic Conference, Addis Ababa, 11-13 Nov 2009

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  • 1. Rural Entrepreneurship for Women: A Case for Wealth Creation by Africa’s Rural Poor amidst Global Financial and Economic Crises Dr Baharul Islam Chairman & Chief Executive Officer SOUTH ASIA DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY Washington DC / Bangkok / Guwahati (India) AFRICAN ECONOMIC CONFERENCE 2009 Addis Ababa; NOV 11-13, 2009 African Development Bank – UNECA
  • 2. Outline
    • Background
    • Position of Women
    • Major challenges
    • Successful Women Ventures
    • Success Stories
    • Strategic challenges and opportunities
    • Conclusion
  • 3. Background
    • Emphasis on rural small/medium size businesses
    • Growth of women entrepreneurs – not uniform or nonlinear in this emerging global scenario.
    • Several exemplary cases around the world
    • IT based commercial enterprises for women
    • Strategic challenges and opportunities from a gender focus
  • 4. Position of Women
    • The general impression about the women entrepreneurs across the world is changing
    • Women-owned firms in the MENA region
    • General barriers
    • Financial capital requirements and cumbersome bureaucratic and legal procedures
    • Women's entrepreneurship could help the in creating more and better jobs.
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  • 5. Major challenges
    • Women entrepreneurs - family income for survival.
    • Balancing time share between work and family
    • Access to start-up capital
    • Access to export market without intermediaries
    • Cases of Uganda and Kenya
    • Challenges remain in four key areas: Access to finance/capital, technical and commercial support, capacity building, global marketing
  • 6. Successful Women Ventures
    • Women in Africa using ICT to empower themselves
    • New focus on service sector.
    • Success Story # 1 : Taiwan
    • SUCCESS STORY # 2: Grameen Phone
    • SUCCESS STORY # 3 : Rodwel Foundation, Zimbabwe
    • SUCCESS STORY # 4 : Pandora Box, Mozambique
    • SUCCESS STORY # 5 : Technoworld, India
    • SUCCESS STORY # 6 : Divine Computers, India
    • SUCCESS STORY # 7 : e-Business and e-Commerce
  • 7. Strategic challenges and opportunities
    • Global economic recession and the reported millions of job losses in the developed countries
    • Financial backup support for the families
    • Women’s empowerment thrust in Business : Educational and work background
    • Psychological characteristics, motivation, perception
    • management practices, external networking 
    • Management training in micro enterprises
    • Organized business support services
  • 8. CONCLUSIONS
    • African rural market - unique opportunities
    • Trades started at village levels
    • Education/training, organized small business groups
    • Importance of marketing
    • “ Micro-banking"
    • Entrepreneurs as job creators
    • Plan the African Women Entrepreneurs on training and capacity building programmes.
  • 9. Thank you ! Email: [email_address] Tel: +91 98599 14100 Visit us at: www.developmentgateway.org