IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is partnering with WEConnect International to host a virtual roundtable on June 24: “COVID-19 Crisis Response: Strategies for Supporting Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Suppliers in the LAC-Andean Region.” The roundtable is WEConnect International’s sixth joint event held with IFC since announcing its partnership in November of 2018. The IFC-WEConnect International partnership is financed by the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi).
International Finance Corporation (IFC) and WEConnect International have partnered to boost market access for women entrepreneurs by i) raising awareness on the business case for gender-inclusive sourcing, and ii) encouraging firms to adopt best practices to increase sourcing from women-owned SMEs.
A roundtable was held in Mumbai, India, convening corporate buyers and financial institutions seeking to start or expand their gender-inclusive sourcing efforts and address the access to finance challenges faced by women-owned SMEs. This brief highlights learnings from the roundtable.