The African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) seeks to equip African businesswomen with the tools and opportunities to accelerate the growth of their businesses, become leaders in their communities and drive social and economic progress in Africa.
AWEP was launched in July 2010 at the United States/sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Co-operation Forum (AGOA Forum). Organized and supported by several U.S. agencies, under the leadership of the U.S. Department of State, the original AWEP event sponsored by the Office of International Visitors brought 34 African businesswomen from AGOA-eligible countries to the United States for a two-week program in 2010. Last year, 40 women from 37 African countries participated in the program, which provides the women with an opportunity to meet and network with U.S. business people, policy makers, industry associations, non-profit organizations advocating for women’s economic opportunities, and multilateral development organizations.
The program outlined three goals:
(1) Accelerate the growth of women-owned businesses and export capacity;
(2) Foster leadership for women’s business organizations; and,
(3) Support women’s advocacy roles as “voices of change” in their communities
AWEP 2012 took place in June of this year, where approximately 45 leading women entrepreneurs from sub-Saharan Africa participated in the third AWEP International Visitor Leadership P......... Read on »
The newly-created Zambian AWEP chapter organized a successful three-day business training conference held in tandem with the 2011 AGOA Forum in Lusaka, Zambia. Leading businesswomen......... Read on »