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Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Through Information Communication Technology


Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

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ICTs offer women entrepreneurs new opportunities to strengthen their businesses. Through mobile phones, computers, radio, TV, the Internet and social media, women entrepreneurs are accessing information and reaching out to customers in ways they could not do before. Effective use of ICTs is helping women entrepreneurs to overcome several barriers.

This seminar will highlight the role ICTs can have in empowering women entrepreneurs. It will also showcase a joint ILO-UNCTAD project, financed by the Government of Sweden, to integrate the ICT dimension into ILO's Framework and Guide for assessing the environment for women entrepreneurship development (WED). It is the first such framework that takes the ICT dimension systematically into account. This new framework is currently being put to use to assess the environment in selected East African countries with the aim to provide policymakers and other stakeholders with practical, evidence-based and publicly validated recommendations on how to make the environment more conducive to WED.

The event will provide an opportunity meet women entrepreneurs from Africa who will share their experience with ICTs as an enabler of their businesses. Participants will also receive an insight into the preliminary findings of WED assessments currently being finalized in Uganda and Tanzania. In addition, the Asian Development Bank will illustrate how it has already been able to make use of the joint ILO-UNCTAD project.

This will be followed by a discussion on how effective policies can enable governments, the private sector, international organizations, civil society, business development service providers and other stakeholders to better leverage the evolving ICT landscape in support of women's entrepreneurship.

A tentative agenda for the seminar is attached.

For more information, please contact Ms. Marie Sicat, Associate Economic Affairs Officer, UNCTAD (marie.sicat@unctad.org); Ms. Virginia Rose Losada, Technical Officer, ILO (roselosada@ilo.org); Mr. Jens Karberg, Programme Manager for ICT for Development, Sida (jens.karberg@sida.se).

The seminar will also be broadcast live at http://bambuser.com/channel/SidaLive but will not be visible until the seminar starts. To join the conversation on Twitter, use hashtag #ICT4WE



Opening session

14h00-14h10 Welcome statement

Anna Rosendahl, Head of Unit, Private Sector Collaboration and ICT, Sida

14h10-14h25 Introduction to the ILO WED Assessment Framework

Joni Simpson, Global Coordinator & Specialist, Women's Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurship Education, ILO

14h25-14h40 The role of ICT for WED

Torbjörn Fredriksson, Chief, ICT Analysis Section, UNCTAD


Women entrepreneurs on the role of ICT

14h40-15h00  The role of ICTs in support of women entrepreneurs in Tanzania

Blandina Sembu, TV Presenter, Jarida La Wanwake/ITV, Tanzania

15h00-15h20  Women entrepreneurs and ICTs in Ethiopia

                        Ashenafi Achamyelesh, Managing Director, Konimix Trading, Ethiopia

15h20-15h45  Discussion chaired by UNCTAD


15h45-16h00 Coffee/tea break


Applying the WED assessment framework & implications for policy making

16h00-16h15  Status report of the first three national WED assessment

Joni Simpson, ILO

16h15-16h30 The experience of Uganda

Enock Mugabi, ILO consultant, Uganda

16h30-16h45 The experience of Tanzania

Neema Mori, ILO consultant, Tanzania

16h45-17h00  The experience of the Asian Development Bank

                        Thao Nguyen, ADB consultant

17h00-17h50 Discussion chaired by ILO


Closing session

17h50-18h00             Closing words by the organizers

Have questions about Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Through Information Communication Technology? Contact UNCTAD, Sida, ILO

When & Where

Sida, Hörsalen
199 Valhallavägen
11553 Stockholm

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

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