The Knowledge Gateway Presents its Platform to African Business Women

AWEP 2013 participants engage with Anna Falth, Knowledge Gateway Manager, during the event hosted by the Permanent Mission of the United States of the United Nations in New York City on 2 August 2013.

On 2 August 2013, 28 business women from across Africa got a sneak peak of the preview version of the Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment. The event was organized by the United States Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) at the Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations in New York. This event was an opportunity for the Knowledge Gateway Team to continue to collect feedback on the newly launched platform from one of its main constituency, networks of women business owners and leaders.

Following the presentation of the platform by Anna Falth, Manager of the Knowledge Gateway, a lively question and answer session ensued where several business women expressed desire to become champions and advocates of the Knowledge Gateway in their local communities and business networks. The president of the Zimbabwe Women Poultry and Small Livestock Farmers Trust also offered a concrete solution for disseminating targeted content and information from the Knowledge Gateway to women entrepreneurs and women farmers in rural Zimbabwe.

Through the IVLP Programme, women entrepreneurs from across the world come to the United States each year to attend professional development meetings and network with U.S. policy makers, companies, industry associations, nonprofit groups, and multilateral development organizations. The three-week programme allows participants of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) to share best practices, discuss common challenges and learn about the global economy and factors that lead to long-term business growth. 

AWEP is an outreach, education, and engagement initiative launched in July 2010 and led by the US Department of State. It aims to empower African women entrepreneurs to promote business growth, increase trade both regionally and to U.S. markets through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), create better business environments, and become voices of change in their communities.

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