Are you a woman entrepreneur interested in scaling up your business? Apply for this programme before 18 July 2022 

 The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) and the Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) initiative of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) invite applicants for the “Solutions Catalysing Increased Access to Capital for the Success of Women Entrepreneurs” programme. The programme aims to accelerate efforts to address gender inequality and drive inclusive economic transformation. Through the programme, AFAWA and AWIEF seek to drive increased access to finance and markets for women-owned and women-led small and medium enterprises (WSMEs) across Southern, East, and West Africa.  

Over 510 WSMEs will be supported to scale, access markets, and receive investment readiness training. The programme is eligible for WSMEs from 8 African countries, including Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Interested participants can apply for any of the following programme components:  

  • AWIEF Growth Accelerator (in partnership with Nedbank) – to enhance investment readiness and increase access to finance. 
  • eCommerce Capacity Development (in partnership with UNIDO) – for building knowledge, capacity, and skills in digital channels to increase participation and success in online business. 
  • Digital Skills (in partnership with Amazon Web Services) – strengthen WSME’s capacity to embrace technology innovation. 
  • Mentorship and Advisory – enhancing the visibility and access to role models for WSMEs through a mentorship platform. 

To apply for the programme, visit: Applications