News & Events

We-Fi Regional Summit Calls for Urgent Public and Private Sector Action to Support Women Entrepreneurs in West Africa

News | April 17, 2019

The first Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) West Africa Regional Summit took place on April 17, 2019, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Organized by We-Fi in collaboration with the World Bank Group, the African Development Bank, and the Islamic Development Bank, the Summit brought together heads of state, leaders of multilateral development banks, key We-Fi government representatives, private sector executives, and women entrepreneurs to discuss concrete ways to expand opportunities for women-led small and medium-sized enterprises in West Africa. Read More

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World Bank publishes the Women, Business and the Law Report 2019: A Decade of Reform

News | February 27, 2019

The Women, Business and the Law Report 2019: A Decade of Reform was announced by the World Bank on February 27, 2019.  The report measures how laws affect women throughout their working lives through an index taking into consideration eight important categories ranging from how laws and regulations impact women’s pay to freedom of movement to constraints on women in starting and running a business. Read More

Germany signs Agreement for EUR 50 Million Contribution to We-Fi

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News | October 14, 2018

World Bank Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgieva and German Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Norbert Barthle, signed an Agreement for Germany’s EUR 50 million contribution to the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) on October 14, 2018. The signing took place on the margins of the World Bank – IMF Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia.

We-Fi Event on “Building a Better World for Women Entrepreneurs”

News | September 25, 2018

The inaugural meeting of We-Fi’s Leadership Champions was held in New York on September 25, 2018 on the margins of UNGA opening week. The event was organized by the We-Fi Secretariat in partnership with the United Arab Emirates Government (one of the founding donors to We-Fi), and it was well attended and impactful. It brought together the Leadership Champions with other high-level representatives from We-Fi sponsoring and recipient countries; We-Fi Governing Committee members; other We-Fi stakeholders including the MDBs, UN Women, W20, ONE Campaign, and Vital Voices; and other key influencers.  Read More

Stories of Success: We-Fi’s Women Entrepreneurs Reporting Award

Amanda Burrell, documentary filmmaker, receiving the award. © 2018 One World Media Awards
World Bank Blog | June 16, 2018
We-Fi was proud to support this award in recognition of the role that quality media coverage can play not just in highlighting the barriers that women face in starting and growing businesses, but also, in showcasing success stories of how women have managed to overcome daunting challenges and built impressive businesses.

Canada names former ‘dragon’ to champion women entrepreneurs

Radio Canada International | June 12, 2018
International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau named well-known Quebec entrepreneur and media personality Danièle Henkel as Canada’s representative to a World Bank group that works to promote women entrepreneurship in developing countries. Read More

Minister Bibeau announces Canadian champion to help empower women entrepreneurs in developing countries

Press Release  I  Global Affairs Canada | June 12, 2018
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced that Danièle Henkel has been named a leadership champion of the Women’s Enterprise Leadership Group to assist the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) in supporting women entrepreneurs in developing countries. Read More