Women-led innovative and entrepreneurial solutions play a significant role in addressing social and environmental challenges while prioritising gender equality and women’s empowerment. Still, women entrepreneurs face significant challenges in growing and replicating successful businesses, for example when accessing financial services or using relevant technologies. UN Women is tackling these challenges with its programme Empower Women and providing trainings especially for women entrepreneurs across the continent. On the background of the SEED Africa Symposium 2016, an annual forum bringing together around 450 participants for exchanging knowledge as well as experience and establishing powerful partnerships for eco-inclusive businesses, UN Women and SEED hosted by adelphi partnered to provide the event’s participants with two proven trainings conceptualised by UN Women.
The highly interactive training “Harnessing the Power of ICT and Digital Literacy for Business Growth” outlined how ICTs can be leveraged for entrepreneurs‘ business growth. The training aimed at enhancing ICT skills and knowledge among the participants. Good practices and lessons learned were documented to feed into UN Women’s development of knowledge products. A second workshop focused on “Driving Gender-Responsive Financial Inclusion Models”, discussing successful financial instruments, products or services that can be used more effectively to empower women entrepreneurs. UN Women furthermore showcased the activities of their programme Empower Women at the SEED Exhibition running in parallel with the Symposium. The exhibition featured innovative, locally-driven, entrepreneurial approaches to sustainable development challenges by eco-inclusive enterprises and institutions from across the continent.
Both event sessions were conceptualised and moderated by UN Women. The adelphi project team enabled the implementation of the sessions through managing venue facilities and incorporating the trainings into the overall concept of the SEED Africa Symposium, which was organised by adelphi. Furthermore adelphi incorporated the partnership with UN Women and the trainings into the overarching communication activities of the SEED Africa Symposium 2016.
Further details on the SEED Africa Symposium 2016 and both sessions of the training are available online.