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African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program

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What is AWEP?

The African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) is a women’s entrepreneurship initiative that provides funding and capacity-building resources to African businesswomen to promote their participation in international trade.   

What is AWEP’s Purpose?

The Biden-Harris Administration is proud to relaunch AWEP with an expanded mandate to support the growth, profitability, and export of women-led businesses in Africa by bolstering access to capital, access to markets, skills and capacity building, and women’s leadership. AWEP strives to assist African women in business to overcome gender inequities that restrict the growth and success of their businesses. 

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Private Sector Partnerships

AWEP’s relaunch will also partner with the private sector to provide trainings that drive profitability and exports both within Africa under the African Continental Free Trade Area and to the United States. AWEP has partnered with ExxonMobil, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Vital Voices, and Intel on follow-on trainings with alumnae post-IVLP. 

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Women and youth entrepreneurs commend the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and its partners at the end of a three-day masterclass, supported by CLDP, on Investment and Export Readiness under the AfCFTA. The master class was held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 13 to 15 April.

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For more information, including information for investors interested in the AWEP program, please contact:

Stay connected to AWEP alumnae, news, and events by following AWEP on Facebook and Twitter.

Finally, AWEP alumnae can build on professional exchange experiences, expand their networks, and access additional resources through the International Exchange Alumni website.

VP Harris at the 2022 US-Africa Leaders Summit - African and Diaspora Young Leaders Forum.

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