India

WEConnect International in India identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International is the only non-profit connecting women-owned businesses with multi-national corporate purchasing organizations outside of the United States.

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Growing Women-Owned Businesses in India

Read the report conducted with the support of the Canadian International Development Research Center (IDRC).

International Finance Corporation (IFC) and WEConnect International have partnered to boost market access for women entrepreneurs by i) raising awareness on the business case for gender-inclusive sourcing, and ii) encouraging firms to adopt best practices to increase sourcing from women-owned SMEs.

A roundtable was held in Mumbai, India, convening corporate buyers and financial institutions seeking to start or expand their gender-inclusive sourcing efforts and address the access to finance challenges faced by women-owned SMEs. This brief highlights learnings from the roundtable.

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Almost 600 women-owned businesses worldwide reported how the current pandemic crisis has affected their businesses. These are the local results for Asia Pacific:

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will partner with WEConnect International to host a Roundtable Session today in Mumbai, India entitled “Proven Strategies to Increase Women SMEs’ Access to Corporate Value Chains in India.” The roundtable is WEConnect International’s fourth joint event held with IFC since announcing its partnership in November of 2018. The IFC - WEConnect International partnership is financed by the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, or We-Fi.

KrithikaRam

Krithika Ram

Program Director, India

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