UNCTAD and the ILO are partnering to integrate the ICT dimension into women’s entrepreneurship. The ILO/UNCTAD Seminar on Empowering Women Entrepreneurs through information and communication technologies (ICTs) will take place on 8 October 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden hosted by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Swedish Aid (Sida).
The seminar, organized by the ILO-WED office and UNCTAD's Division on Technology and Logistics (DTL), aims at highlighting the role ICTs can have in empowering women entrepreneurs. With financial support from Sweden, UNCTAD has integrated the ICT dimension into the Women’s Entrepreneurship Development (WED) Methodology of ILO for the first time.
The event will provide an opportunity to hear women entrepreneurs from Africa share their experience with ICTs as an enabler of their businesses. Participants will also receive an insight into the preliminary findings of WED assessments currently being finalized in Uganda and Tanzania. In addition, the Asian Development Bank will illustrate how it has already been able to make use of the joint ILO-UNCTAD initiative.
This will be followed by a discussion on how effective policies can enable governments, the private sector, international organizations, civil society, business development service providers and other stakeholders to better leverage the evolving ICT landscape in support of women's entrepreneurship.