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W20 Side Event to the WBG/ IMF Civil Society Policy Forum

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Women20 targeting financial inclusion in the G20 and beyond:

The „Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative”

Within the 2017 G20 Leaders’ Communiqué the launch of the Women Entrepreneurs Financing Initiative (We-Fi) was announced. Housed at the WBG the We-Fi shall increase women´s financial inclusion, access to capital, markets and technical assistance. Women20 (W20) Germany focused its efforts on women’s economic empowerment. At the W20 Summit it became evident that those addressed with the We-Fi should be part of its steering structure. W20 now consulted more than 120 delegates representing women’s CSOs and entrepreneur associations on the We-Fi. W20 requests the design and management of the initiative to incorporate perspectives from W20 as well as global and local institutions specialized in women’s entrepreneurship and address financing needs at a micro-finance and scale-business-up level. The session will present W20 network, agenda and achievements. It will also explore the planned structure and objectives of the We-Fi, its status and formulate requests towards the structure and goal of the We-Fi.



- Jennifer Bisceglie, CEO/ Quantum Leaps (USA), W20 Working Group Chair: Strengthening W20 | Moderator

- Jeehan Abdul Ghaffar (Yemen), Senior Adviser to the ED/ World Bank Group

- Lynnette Nontobeko Magasa (South Africa), CEO/ Boniswa Corporate Solutions, Co-Chair B20 Working Group on SMEs Leadership

- Lyric Thompson (USA), Director, Policy & Advocacy International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), C20 Inequality Working Group

- Juliane Rosin (Germany), Executive Manager/ W20 Germany



Juliane Rosin,

Date: October 12 2017, 2 – 3:30 pm

Venue: World Bank Group I Building (1850 I St NW, Washington)


More information on the Civil Society Policy Forum to the Annual Meetings 2017 of World Bank Group & International Monetary Fund can be found here. Please register before September 22, 2017.


As international implementation partner of the German W20 presidency, the Emerging Market Sustainability Dialogues (EMSD) will co-host the side event with support of the BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development). The W20 dialogue process is supported by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

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