Accelerating Investment into Women-led Enterprises: Comparative Evidence from Two Rounds of Intermediary Grantmaking in the SGB Sector


This learning brief summarizes lessons learned across two of ANDE’s Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund (AWEF) cohorts in Africa and Asia. The eleven AWEF grantees had similar experiences across their different regions and  time periods, most notably in regards to the approaches and programming that are most successful and impactful in reaching women entrepreneurs. This evidence suggests that women entrepreneurs may face similar barriers to investment across varied geographies – and further, the solutions and programmatic adjustments that have found success may be more similar than we think.