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Advancing Women's Empowerment Fund


At the 2019 ANDE Annual Conference, ANDE announced an exciting new partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), under the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative, and the Visa Foundation to launch the ANDE Gender Equality Initiative, which aims to support women entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

The initiative’s first activity, the Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund, will identify the best strategies to get investment capital into the hands of women entrepreneurs in emerging markets. The fund will distribute $1.2 million in funding over two years through one-year grants of up to $150,000 to entrepreneurial support organizations.

ANDE seeks proposals to pilot, test, or expand scalable solutions that tackle the financing gap for women-led SGBs in South and Southeast Asia to create learnings and insights for uptake by the broader SGB sector. ANDE intends to support a minimum of eight proposals for this round, from a total funding pool of $1.2 million. Submissions should be for activities of up to 12 months with a maximum total request of US $150,000.


Request for Proposals *NOTE: the link to submit proposals can be found on the final page of the RFP

Proposal Template

Frequently Asked Questions

Webinar Recording and Slides 

Webinar Recording (password = awef)

Webinar Slides 


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

RFP Released

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Webinar to answer applicant questions

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Webinar to answer applicant questions

Friday, December 20, 2019

Deadline to send clarifying questions (as needed)

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Submission deadline

By end of April 2020

Winners notified

The Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund is supported by: