LWA is committed to Economic Empowerment of women and the Development of Africa
To achieve its objective of creating access to economic opportunities for professional and business women in Africa, LWA’s main activities combine:
* Networking events
– LWA supports the increase of women in the mainstream economy through facilitating access to trade & investment opportunities and promoting African regional integration.
– LWA creates strategic partnerships with organisations across the world that are, not only looking to expand their operations in Africa but as well as add value to lives of business and professional women across the African continent.
– LWA drives the vehicle of women’s economic empowerment through an inclusive approach to development.
LWA creates new economic leads and encourage women to engage in the mainstream economy in their respective countries.
LWA CORE PROGRAMMES
At LWA, we are passionate about creating new and innovative ideas to women’s development. Our programmes uniquely combines research, mainstream economy and networking to achieve its objective of creating access to economic opportunities for women in business, both at national, sub-regional and continental level.
1. Enterprise Development Programme (EDP)
This is a female entrepreneurship model designed to support female entrepreneurs through three critical stages:
a. Innovation stage: nurturing that business idea through mentorship, coaching and capacity building
b. Business development stage: access to practical skills on running a business, technology, production, packaging, quality control and certification…
c. Growth stage: Marketing skills, access to market, and access to network.
2. Investment Related Programmes
a. Women Investors Programme (WIP)
Women Investors Programme (WIP) aims to increase the number of women who are involved in investment, international trade and other services on the continent.
b. Women and Infrastructure Development in Africa (WIDA)
LWA’s aim with the WIDA programme is to ensure that women emerge as successful leaders in industries and sectors, historically under represented by women.
3. International Trade and Events
a. Women Doing Business in …
Women Doing Business in … are series of business seminars and trade missions, organised by LWA in different countries, which bring together women entrepreneurs and business leaders in order to access trade and investment opportunities.
b. LWA Annual Summit
The Event is an annual high-level gathering of Government leaders, policy makers, international institutions as well as women change agents. It will offer a platform for first class networking between women entrepreneurs and development stakeholders in Africa.
c. LWA Champions Annual Awards
Honoring outstanding African male leaders who promote women economic empowerment and demonstrate leadership to implement and advance women’s empowerment.
4. Research and Advocacy
LWA Africa Desk facilitates, coordinates and connects women entrepreneurs from all the 54 nations by providing regional and continental business intelligence and information.
LWA conducts advocacy at two levels:
1. Promoting win-win partnership with women
It is imperative for all stakeholders and partners to create agreements of a win-win partnership with women if any change is to take place in Africa.
2. Lobby for skills transfer and development
If sustainable development is to happen in Africa, skills transfer needs to be considered as number one priority and action needs to be taken with immediate effect.