Driving Growth of Women-Owned Enterprises: Experiences and Way Forward

  • 18-19 December, 2018
  • New Delhi

Women economic development is a key to achieve an inclusive and sustainable rural development. However, the incidence of women-owned enterprises has been constrained due to a lack of access to resources. Connecting millions of women and their families and their communities to the global markets would lead to India’s growth. To address these concerns, an event hosted by the UNDP-led Project Disha brought together stakeholders involved in implementation of women’s entrepreneurship promotion projects. It was organised by UNDP, World Bank and GIZ in collaboration from 18 to 19 December in New Delhi and united various government ministries and institutions, as well as the most important private and civil society initiatives working to empower women entrepreneurs.

Key development actors participated in the session on ‘Investment Strategies for Strengthening Women-Led Entrepreneurship’ discussing investment strategies of philanthropies, multi-lateral & bi-lateral institutions and explore ideas for complementing Government initiatives. Ms. Pranati Mehta, Technical Specialist (ILO), Ms. Julia Karst (GIZ), Ms Malavika Chauhan (Tata Trusts), Ms. Yamini Atmavilas, (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Ms. Reshma Anand (Hindustan Unilever Foundation) brought forward their experiences and perspectives. Mr. Clement Chauvet, Chief, Skills and Business Development, UNDP moderated the session.

Ms Julia Karst from GIZ moderated the panel discussion on ‘Innovations and External Markets: E-Commerce, Retail and Branding. Mr Siva Devireddy (GoCoop), Mr Madan Padaki (1Bridge), Mr Partho Kar Bishwa (Bangla Retail), Ms Madhuvanthi Ananth (Flipkart), Ms Anisha Singh (Mydala) were the other panellists.

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