Category Archives: Sponsors

Singapore Fintech Festival

The Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF) is the world’s largest and most inclusive FinTech event that brings together heads of state, financial and technology leaders, FinTech founders, policy makers, investors and multilateral agencies. Last year, the week-long event brought together over 60,000 attendees from 140 countries.

This year, SFF returns on 7-11 December with a unique hybrid format combining a 24-hour online event platform and over 30 physical events in FinTech hubs around the world. In December, SFF will unite the global FinTech community to discuss key global challenges, with a focus on post-pandemic recovery. 

Learn more at https://www.fintechfestival.sg/

CDC

The British International Investment (BII formerly CDC) is the UK’s development finance institution (DFI), providing capital to promising entrepreneurs and ambitious businesses in the private sector. Our mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and contribute to the development of some of the fastest growing economies in the world. We invest both directly, providing debt and equity, and through intermediaries, typically investment fund managers.

We believe the case for advancing women’s participation in economic activity is clear – it will enhance the performance of our investments and help close the global gap on gender. Our gender strategy focuses on how we can advance women’s economic empowerment throughout the investment lifecycleThe strategy has four key themes: supporting women’s leadership, improving women’s job quality, promoting access to finance and entrepreneurship, and applying a gender lens to products and services.

To learn more, please visit BII.

Sida

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, is Sweden’s government agency for development cooperation. We strive to reduce world poverty by allocating resources and knowledge with the goal of making a difference for people in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. To achieve this, we collaborate with actors from civil society and universities as well as the public and private sector. Sida’s activities are funded through Swedish tax revenue.

To learn more, please visit Sida.se.

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Data2X

Data2X is a collaborative technical and advocacy platform dedicated to improving the quality, availability, and use of gender data in order to make a practical difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. Motivated by the belief that “there is no gender equality without data equality,” Data2X works with United Nations agencies, governments, civil society, academics, and the private sector to close gender data gaps, promote expanded and unbiased gender data collection, and use gender data to improve policies, strategies, and decision-making in support of gender equality.

Through a combination of technical partnerships and strategic policy advocacy, Data2X works to promote filling data gaps in five development domains: health, education, economic opportunity, political participation, and human security.

Data2X is housed at the UN Foundation, with support from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To learn more, please visit data2x.org.

FMO

FMO is the Dutch development bank. They believe that entrepreneurship is key in creating sustainable economic growth and improving people’s quality of life. FMO therefore finances businesses, projects and financial institutions in developing and emerging markets, with the aim of supporting sustainable private sector development. The bank’s investments are focused in the sectors where its contribution can have the largest long-term impact: financial institutions, energy and agribusiness.

Developing countries are often considered risky from an investment perspective. As a result, even the most innovative and promising businesses often do not have access to the financing needed to reach their potential. FMO meets this need with a range of services and products that include:

  • – Equity, loans and guarantees
  • – Capital market transactions
  • – Mezzanine and other tailor-made solutions
  • – Long-term and short-term project financing
  • – Access to FMO’s expertise, vast network and partnerships
  • – Support for capacity development, such as financial administration and planning skills
  • – Training in sustainable business practices

To learn more, visit the FMO website

 

We-fi

The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) is a multilateral partnership supporting women entrepreneurs with access to finance, markets, technology, mentoring, and other services, while working with governments and the private sector to improve the laws and policies inhibiting women’s businesses in developing countries.

We-Fi is supported by the governments of Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, the Russian Federation, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Republic of South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The We-Fi secretariat is housed by the World Bank and its programs are implemented by six Multilateral Development Banks.

IFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. They create opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives — by providing financing to help businesses employ more people and provide essential services, mobilizing capital from others, and delivering advisory and risk-management services to ensure sustainable development.

IFC experience shows that banking on women entrepreneurs is a profitable business for banks as women entrepreneurs are usually an under served market, have excellent repayment rates and are good savers. Additionally, World Bank Group research shows that women contribute positively to their communities’ well-being.

In 2010, IFC launched its Banking on Women business, provides financing and expertise to an extensive network of financial institutions to help them acquire women-owned SME and retail customers—and profitably finance them. Through Banking on Women, IFC works with its extensive network of client financial institutions to increase access to finance for women entrepreneurs — especially those leading SMEs. This program is built on the fundamental business case that providing valuable financial services to women customers generates bottom line value for banks. Since its launch in 2010, IFC’s Banking on Women business has committed and mobilized 93 investments totaling more than $2.7 billion dedicated to women-owned enterprises and has advised on 50-plus projects in 32 countries. (Source: IFC Annual Report

Find out more about Banking on Women here.

IFC was the first Development Finance Institution to sponsor the Financial Alliance for Women, providing financial and human resources to support the Alliance since 2005.

For more information about IFC, visit www.ifc.org.