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Addressing Constraints to Women Entrepreneurship in Africa
September 9, 2015World Bank J-Building, 7th Floor, Room 044

Join World Bank representatives from the Gender Innovation Lab and Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice for an overview of recent report findings from impact evaluations, and the research strategy in various African countries.

The development objective of the Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) is to increase governments' and private sectors' take-up of effective policies to address the underlying causes of gender inequality in Africa, particularly in terms of women's economic and social empowerment. The development objective of this work program with the Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice (T&C) is to assess the effectiveness of innovative interventions aimed at addressing gender disparities in the private sector in Sub-Saharan Africa.

By generating rigorous evidence about what works and what doesn't to address gender gaps in entrepreneurship, this work program aims to support the development of more effective projects and informed policy dialogue and action.

This BBL provides an overview of the ongoing GIL/T&C work program, including to report initial findings from impact evaluations and the research uptake strategy in various countries including Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Togo, Uganda and South Africa.

Note: This is a learning event on pilots to foster gender equality within private sector development supported by FIAS Gender Program


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Meeting number: 735 177 909

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  • Chair: Cecile Fruman, Director, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice

  • Speaker: Markus Goldstein, Lead Economist, Africa Chief Economist Office

    Markus Goldstein is a development economist with experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, and South Asia. He is currently a Lead Economist in the office of the Chief Economist for Africa at the World Bank, where he leads the Africa Gender Innovation Lab. His current research centers on issues of gender and economic activity, focusing on agriculture and small scale enterprises. He is currently involved in a number of impact evaluations on these topics across Africa. His other research areas include HIV/AIDS, land tenure and the economics of poverty. Markus has taught at the London School of Economics, the University of Ghana, Legon, and Georgetown University and published widely in academic journals and books. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a co-founder and regular contributor to the Development Impact blog.
  • Speaker: Francisco Campos, Senior Economist, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice

    Francisco Campos is a Senior Economist for the World Bank's Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. He's also Thematic Leader on Gender and Entrepreneurship for the World Bank's Africa Region Gender Innovation Lab. Francisco's main areas of expertise are linked to entrepreneurship, MSMEs, competitiveness, financial inclusion, and gender. He leads private sector development projects in fragile countries in Africa and various research studies on entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the World Bank, he has held a variety of positions in a number of organizations on investment promotion and investment management.
Event Details
  • When: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
  • Time: 12 pm - 2:30 pm EST
  • In Washington, D.C.: World Bank J-Bldg, 7th Floor, Room 044
  • Online: WebEx Meeting Number: 735 177 909 Meeting Password: vDPhQg3s (see registration tab for link)
  • By Phone: Toll: 1-650-479-3207 Access code: 735177909 (see registration tab for global call-in numbers)