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Digital Access for Women Entrepreneurs and Workers: Implications for Growth and Shared Prosperity
June 18, 2014Washington, D.C.

Dr. Renee Wittemyer, Intel Corp. Director of Social Innovation, shares her experience in working towards bridging the digital divide and developing resources for women entrepreneurs. Panelists from the World Bank and IFC will add their expertise and identify areas of potential contribution and collaboration.

A Gender & Development Seminar Series Event


There are 812 million women in developing countries who have the ability to contribute more fully to their economies as workers and employers, according to the ILO. The potential of women entrepreneurs especially to contribute to inclusive economic growth through job creation and productivity gains is immense - but unrealized due to significant constraints. One of the major constraints they face is the limited access to technology and the internet which restricts their opportunities to gain valuable knowledge and information, connect with markets and supply chains, and establish sustainable networks. The 2013 Women and the Web report highlights the transformational potential of narrowing the digital divide – doubling the number of women online from 600 million to 1.2 billion could add $13 to $18 billion in annual GDP across 144 developing countries.


Patience Marime-Ball, Head, Banking on Women, IFC
Lucia Hanmer, Chief Economist, Gender & Development, World Bank


Dr. Renee Wittemyer, Director of Social Innovation, Intel Corp.


Sarah Iqbal, Program Coordinator, Women, Business & the Law
Matthew Gamser, Head, SME Finance Forum, International Finance Corp.
Samia Melhem, Lead Policy Specialist, Transport, Water & ICT, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank Group

A light lunch will be provided.