Call for National Consultants: Completion of an Assessment of the National Conditions for Women’s Entrepreneurship Development in Nigeria

In Nigeria, the proportion of women involved in entrepreneurship exceeds that of men, however, the country ranks 139th on the Gender Gap Index for 2020. While women entrepreneurs contribute to economic growth, job creation, and family and community wellbeing, they experience decent work deficits related to business and regulatory environment, and access to financial and business development services. As many remain informal, they are often outside the scope of SME policies and programmes and are under-represented and underserved by employers’ and workers’ organisations. In response to these challenges, the ILO is initiating the Promoting Gender Equality and Formalisation through Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Project in Nigeria. The overall objective of this intervention is to support key actors in the business ecosystem to adopt approaches and policies that respond to the needs of women entrepreneurs in Nigeria, including in the informal economy.