News and Events

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.

Read the full brief

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.