- It’s not only about borrowing. The access to finance gap is in part due to the inability of women-owned and led businesses to access funding, their lack of skills in presenting financially viable businesses, and an environment that is not ...
Marieme Esther Dassanou is the Coordinator of Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) the African Development Bank’s lagship pan-African initiative, which aims to bridge the $42 billion financing gap facing women entrepreneurs in Africa.
She previously led IFC’s Gender Secretariat's work on advancing women's inclusion in the insurance and financial sectors.
In this interview, she outlines progress made with the AFAWA initiative and its future plans.