Building the gender-lens investing ecosystem for women climate entrepreneurs to grow scalable climate-related businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Through this project, ANDE, in consortium with the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC) with funding support from Global Affairs Canada (GAC), seeks to build the gender-lens investing ecosystem for growth-oriented women entrepreneurs to grow scalable climate-related businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. AWCE will contribute to poverty reduction and response to climate change by identifying and promoting good practices to support women entrepreneurs in climate-related value chains and developing a road map for international development stakeholders to provide further gender-responsive support to women climate entrepreneurs and intermediaries.
The AWCE Fund, announced in July 2021, will award projects in Sub-Saharan Africa to address the financing gap and support the growth of women climate entrepreneurs in the SGB sector. Winners will receive one-year grants of USD $30,000-$65,500 to test models for increasing gender-lens investing into women climate entrepreneurs in SGBs through innovative approaches.
The call for concept notes is now closed, and shortlisted organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal.