Agenda 2030: unleashing the potential of women entrepreneurs

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Agenda 2030: unleashing the potential of women entrepreneurs


This event is part of our Development Policy Forum (DPF), which brings together a number of important development actors, including the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank. Reflecting the growing role of the private sector in development, the DPF has now welcomed Coca-Cola and Eni to the forum. The DPF contributes to the global and European conversation on inclusive development. Through its activities and publications, the DPF reflects the rapidly-changing global debate on growth and development and seeks to encourage a multi-stakeholdered, fresh, up-to-date thinking on the multiple challenges facing the development community.

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Agenda 2030: unleashing the potential of women entrepreneurs Expand Agenda 2030: unleashing the potential of women entrepreneurs

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires the active participation of women, including those working in the private sector. The good news is that female entrepreneurship is on the rise globally, with women-owned businesses contributing to the global economy. But with only ten years left to meeting Agenda 2030 targets, the full potential of women-led businesses has yet to be unleashed. If women had the same lifetime earnings as men, global wealth could increase by $160 trillion—an average of $23,620 per person—in 141 countries studied by the World Bank. However while they create new businesses, disrupt established industries and develop innovative platforms at a record pace, women entrepreneurs still have less access to finance than their male counterparts: 80% of women-owned businesses with credit needs are either unserved or underserved.

  • What policies are needed at the European and international level to make a stronger link between women-led businesses and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals?
  • What are public and private financial institutions doing to support women entrepreneurs so that they can achieve their full potential and make a lasting difference to the national – and global – economy?
  • How can women entrepreneurs, especially those in more marginalised communities, convince still-sceptical banks and other potential investors, of the commercial value of their enterprises?

This event is held on occasion of the CEPS Ideas Lab and it is by invitation only.

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