In support of W-GDP, the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) was created in 2019 and launched in 26 countries, with the goal of enhancing female empowerment and gender equality in the developing world. One of Concordia’s Global Patron Members, U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF), has partnered with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to expand the AWE Program. This conversation, co-hosted by USADF, engaged with three graduates of the AWE Program, to highlight female entrepreneurs in Africa and the importance of supporting an ecosystem that enables them to thrive.
Founder and Managing Director, G&C Chemicals
Director & Founder, Ngweru Solar Services
Senior Program Designer, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
External Engagement Specialist, U.S. African Development Foundation
Global development work must consider project or partnership sustainability as a core indicator of success, and design for it. This requires the meaningful inclusion of local populations, partners, and beneficiaries throughout a project conceptualization and into implementation and evaluation periods, in order to ensure an expressed need is being met and that the continuation of activities will be prioritized once initial project funding exits. AWE is in a constant state of expansion and evolution in order to reach new geographies, industries, and entrepreneurs, based on their commitment to stakeholder engagement. This may challenge scale in the short term, but helps support sustained impact in the long term.