Women's Entrepreneurship Development (WED) Programme

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Development (ILO-WED) programme has been empowering women entrepreneurs in developing countries and supporting them in starting and growing their businesses since the mid-2000s.

The programme works with service providers promoting entrepreneurship development (financial, non-financial, public, private, associative, freelance etc.) and builds their capacity to better support women entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. It also works towards creating a more positive enabling environment for WED, by supporting assessments of the situation, and working with governments and policy makers to remove the specific gender barriers that women entrepreneurs may face.

Through the economic empowerment of women, it aims to contribute to greater gender equality, as well as to more job creation and economic development.

Resources

  1. Assessment

    Evaluation du dévelopment de l’entrepreneuriat féminin au Maroc/ Assessment of the situation for women’s entrepreneurship development in Morocco

    May 2018

  2. Issue Brief

    Entrepreneurship Development Interventions for Women Entrepreneurs: An update on what works

    January 2018

  3. © Report/Rapport

    Report/Rapport

    Identification de sous-secteurs et filières favorables au Développement de l’Entrepreneuriat des Femmes - Algérie

  4. Guide

    Guide des services d’appui à l’entrepreneuriat féminin en Algérie

  5. Assessment

    Évaluation nationale du développement de l’entrepreneuriat féminin en Algérie

  6. Report/Rapport

    Identification de sous-secteurs et filières favorables au Développement de l’Entrepreneuriat des Femmes - Maroc


  7. Guide

    Guide des services d’appui à l’entrepreneuriat féminin au Maroc

  8. Issue Brief

    Developing markets: How training female entrepreneurs can improve business practices and profits: Evidence from Kenya

    June 2017

  9. Guidance

    A Simplified Guide for Micro and Small-Scale Women Cross Border Traders and Service Providers within the East African Community

    2017

  10. Assessment

    A National Assessment of Women’s Entrepreneurship Development in Tunisia/ Évaluation nationale du développement de l’entrepreneuriat féminin- Tunisie

    2017

  11. Assessment

    A National Assessment of Women’s Entrepreneurship Development in Egypt

    2017

  12. Working Paper

    Women business training programme in Kenya: Impact of incentives

    2015

  13. Working Paper

    Enhancing women’s entrepreneurship in Kenya: Initial qualitative assessment of the ILO’s GET Ahead business training programme

    2015

  14. Issue Brief

    Engaging Men in women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship development interventions

    November 2015

  15. Issue Brief

    Engaging Informal Entrepreneurs in East Africa: A Roadmap to Greater Formality

    October 2015

  16. Issue Brief

    Effectiveness of Entrepreneurship Development interventions on Women Entrepreneurs

    December 2014

  17. Publication

    Situation of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Tanzania

    April 2014

  18. Publication

    Situation of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Uganda

    April 2014

  19. Further resources