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Summarizing the key characteristics, enabling environment, and needs of women-owned businesses

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

This publication outlines the key characteristics, influencing environment, and needs of Women-Owned Businesses in order to support investors and technical assistance or business service providers in Africa to adopt a gender lens within their current practices and policies.

The findings and strategies presented were collected through research conducted by MEDA as part of a consultancy for GroFin, a private development finance institution specializing in debt financing and support to small and growing businesses throughout Africa and the Middle East. The scope of this consultancy included research and analysis of both the demand and supply of financial and nonfinancial services for women entrepreneurs in order to develop an in-depth understanding of their experiences and context around access to finance, business support services, and gender equality issues. The research included in-depth interviews with industry experts (fund managers, business development service providers, accelerators, and other investors and organizations working with women-owned businesses) in Egypt, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.

    13 Jul 20
    Policy and Research Reports
    Region Focus
    Central Africa, East Africa, Global, North Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
    Sector Focus
    Financial Services, General
    Sub-Sector Focus
    Adult / Continuing Education, Microfinance / Retail Banking, Services, Workforce Development / Skills Training