The ILO-WED approach is threefold, working with governments, employers' organizations, trade unions, and local community-based organizations to: create an enabling environment for WED that generates quality jobs; build institutional capacity in WED; and development of tools and support services for women entrepreneurs. It does so both through targeted approaches and gender mainstreaming, with a clear objective to contribute towards gender equality and women's economic empowerment.
ILO WED Strategy was built from the expertise developed under WEDGE, (Women's Entrepreneurship Development and Gender Equality). WEDGE is comprised of technical cooperation projects that are funded by donors such as Irish Aid and NORAD and enable the WED strategy to be operationalised. Building on local partnerships, WEDGE projects have developed a series of tools and approaches, based on the research and experience from pilot projects organized with local partners and country offices. WED has been working with the ILO's SKILLS department to mainstream disability into women’s entrepreneurship development, targeting women with disabilities and HIV/AIDS within WEDGE projects. The WED Strategy provides a flexible and innovative response to promote women's entrepreneurship development based on local needs and circumstances. Gender Equality is and will remain at the forefront of the WED strategy.
Where we work
- Assessing the Enabling Environment for Women in Growth Enterprises: An AfDB/ILO Integrated Framework Assessment Guide
- Business Group Formation Empowering Women and Men in Developing Communities
- Count us in! : How to make sure that women with disabilities can participate effectively in mainstream women’s entrepreneurship development activities
- FAMOS Check and Methods (Service Quality Check for Supporting Female and Male Operated Small Enterprises)
- Financial Education
- GET Ahead for Women in Enterprise Training Package and Resource Kit (Gender and Entrepreneurship Together) -- Article on GET Ahead: Indigenous women entrepreneurs in Papua
- Guidelines on the Formation of Self Help Groups for Families of Working Children – For Families of Working Children
- Making the strongest links: A practical guide to mainstreaming gender analysis in value chain development (Gender-Sensitive Value Chain Analysis)
- Improve Your Exhibiting Skills: A Training Guide(IYES) (Improve Your Exhibition Skills)
- Managing Small Business Associations: Reader
- Managing Small Business Associations: Trainer’s Manual
- Organizing Promotional Events For Women Entrepreneurs: A Guide “Month of the Women Entrepreneur” (MOWE) (Month of the Women Entrepreneur Guide)
- Village Banking in LAO PDR Handbook for Village Bank Management Committees and Support Organizations and the Village banking in Lao PDR - Ledger Guide
- Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Capacity Building Guide (Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Capacity Building Guide)
- Building Women Entrepreneurs’ Associations:
- Action My Business Growth: * Participants Guide
Effectiveness of Entrepreneurship Development interventions on Women Entrepreneurs: An ILO WED Issue Brief
The present “Effectiveness of Entrepreneurship Development interventions on Women Entrepreneurs” issue brief is the result of an in-depth review of six meta-evaluations and twenty three rigorous impact studies undertaken during the past 10 years in women’s entrepreneurship development initiatives around the world. It provides a synthesis of impact findings and identifies interventions which seem to have worked more effectively. The brief corroborates for example that combining finance and business training –although more costly- seems to be more effective in supporting women’s business start-up than either finance or business training alone. Also, training packages that combine business and gender knowledge are more likely to lead to women’s empowerment. While more evidence is still needed, the brief concludes with a series of recommendations for future interventions and impact evaluations including providing more than access to skills and finance, by also addressing gender-based barriers and women’s strategic needs, in order to ensure the business success and consolidation of women entrepreneurs.
29 October 2009
Findings of the Pan-African Forum on women entrepreneurship development in response to the financial crisis
01 November 2003
SEED Working Paper No. 58 - Series on women’s entrepreneurship development and gender in enterprises (WEDGE)
30 June 2003
This report presents the conclusions and final set of recommendations based on outcomes from field research and a national conference organized by the ILO on women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia. In an effort to pinpoint the factors that facilitate or inhibit the growth of their businesses, the book presents the field research conducted with 123 women entrepreneurs from Addis Ababa and five other major cities, as well as indepth interviews with five other women entrepreneurs. Among other findings, the report reveals the issues of land title and lack of working premises are among the major barriers experienced by women entrepreneurs in establishing and growing their enterprises in this region. A sample survey as well as a list of recommendations are also included.
30 June 2003
Presents the results of a questionnaire survey carried out among some 120 business women in the cities of Arusha, Dar-es-Salaam, and Zanzibar. Reports on their experiences in starting their business, role of support services, growth prospects, etc.
30 June 2003
Presents the results of a questionnaire survey carried out among some 120 business women in the cities of Lusaka and Kitwe. Gives the profile of the owners and their enterprise, how it was started, how it is managed, the forms of support services received, etc.
01 April 2001
SEED Working Paper No. 21 - Series on women’s entrepreneurship development and gender in enterprises (WEDGE)
10 March 2001
SEED Working Paper No. 20 - Series on women’s entrepreneurship development and gender in enterprises (WEDGE)
Jobs, gender and small enterprises in the Caribbean : lessons from Barbados, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago
01 March 2001
SEED Working Paper No. 19 - Series on women’s entrepreneurship development and gender in enterprises (WEDGE)
Jobs, gender and small enterprises in Africa and Asia : lessons drawn from Bangladesh, the Philippines, Tunisia and Zimbabwe
15 February 2001
SEED Working Paper No. 18 - Series on women’s entrepreneurship development and gender in enterprises (WEDGE)
01 January 2001
SEED Working Paper No. 15 - Series on women’s entrepreneurship development and gender in enterprises (WEDGE)
Jobs, gender and small enterprises in Bangladesh : factors affecting women entrepreneurs in small and cottage industries in Bangladesh
10 February 2001
SEED Working Paper No. 14 - Series on women’s entrepreneurship development and gender in enterprises (WEDGE)
Promoting women’s entrepreneurship development based on good practice programmes : some experiences from the North to the South
01 January 2001
SEED Working Paper No. 9 - Series on women’s entrepreneurship development and gender in enterprises (WEDGE)