Unlocking the potential of women entrepreneurs in developing economies

The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) supports women entrepreneurs by scaling up access to financial products and services, building capacity, expanding networks, offering mentors, and providing opportunities to link with domestic and global markets.

WHAT'S NEW

“The COVID-19 crisis has demanded rapid response, and We-Fi’s Implementing Partners have answered with increased action to finance, build skills, and level the playing field for women entrepreneurs.”

– Wendy Teleki, Head of the We-Fi Secretariat
2020 Annual Report

Leadership Champions

Nominated by We-Fi donor governments, our Champions advocate for women’s economic empowerment globally.

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TOTAL ALLOCATION

300

US DOLLARS

PLANNED ACTIVITIES IN

60

COUNTRIES

REACHING OVER

130,000

WSMEs
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FEATURED PROJECTS

FOUNDING CONTRIBUTORS

Australia
Canada
China
Denmark
Germany
Japan
The Netherlands
Norway
Russian Federation
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Republic of Korea
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America

We-Fi is a collaborative partnership among 14 governments, eight multilateral development banks (MDBs), and other public and private sector stakeholders, hosted by the World Bank Group.

The founding financial contributors are: Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Republic of Korea, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. These governments have committed $355 million to date.

At the core of We-Fi’s approach to unlocking finance and growth for WMSEs are its Implementing Partners— multilateral development banks that develop and implement We-Fi projects. They work with government and private sector partners and networks around the world to maximize the impact of We-Fi funding. Implementing Partners help We-Fi achieve global reach, mobilize resources, and build collaborative partnerships to attain scale and systemic impact for women across the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including in the most challenging environments.

IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS