Commitment to Action

AWEP: Women as the Missing Middle of Africa's Supply Chain

Commitment by

United States Agency for International Development, United States Department of State

In 2014, the U.S. Department of State and USAID committed $5 million to scaling the African Women's Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), which provides firm-level technical support to sub-Saharan African women entrepreneurs to help them access the networks, knowledge, and capital they need to grow their businesses, export their products, and create jobs and economic growth in their countries. With commitment partners Women Presidents Organization and WEConnect International, AWEP will develop strategic mentoring and pilot procurement partnerships between US women-owned firms and AWEP members. The AWEP entrepreneurs will experience first-hand the multiple aspects of exporting their goods to a developed market, from manufacturing, specifications, to quality control, export pricing, logistics and much more, through AWEP's Supply Chain Missing Middle approach.

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Commitment

AWEP: Women as the Missing Middle of Africa's Supply Chain

Launched

2014

Est. Duration

2 years

Estimated Total Value

$5,000,000

Region

Africa

Countries

BENIN, BOTSWANA, CAMEROON, Comoros, COTE D'IVOIRE, ETHIOPIA, KENYA, MALI, MOZAMBIQUE, NIGER

Commitment by

United States Agency for International Development, United States Department of State

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Japan International Cooperation Agency, 421 Group, Western Union Foundation, WEConnect International, Deloitte LLP, Women Presidents' Organization, Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF)