Africa: New Initiative to Boost Women Entrepreneurs

Connecting sustainable development to investments in women is critical.

By Ivan R. Mugisha

The International Trade Centre (ITC) has launched a new initiative expected to push for increased participation of women entrepreneurs in public procurement.

The initiative is hoped will cut down on the dominance of men, who, participants at the Roundtable of the Global Platform on Sourcing from Women Vendors noted, earn the majority of public contracts.

The Global Platform on Sourcing from Women Vendors was organised, yesterday, on the sidelines of the World Export Development Forum that is underway in Kigali.

According to ITC, currently only an estimated one per cent of public-procurement contracts globally are awarded to women entrepreneurs.

Announcing the new initiative, ITC Executive Director Arancha Gonzalez, noted that whereas the number of women entrepreneurs is growing, only a very small fraction were benefitting from public-procurement contracts.

“Women account for half the world’s population and have a concrete role to play in economic development. We can collectively improve the one per cent of the public procurement that finds its way to women-owned businesses,” she said.

The announcement was accompanied with a handbook titled, “Empowering women through public Procurement,” with guidelines for governments on how to facilitate women entrepreneurs.

“It will be a major improvement if three, four or five per cent of public contracts went to women entrepreneurs in the short run. We are calling for a fairer system in which women have a better chance of bidding for public tenders,” Gonzalez said.

Oda Gasinzigwa, the minister for gender and family promotion, welcomed the initiative, saying this was a tool that will help propel Rwanda to its next level of women empowerment.

“In Rwanda, existing gender sensitive laws and regulations offer a unique fiscal responsible route to empower women, including public procurement. But we too have some way to go, and this initiative is much welcomed,” she said.

“It will help combat poverty and promote inclusive economic growth. It will help increase the participation of women-owned businesses, not only in public procurement but also in public decision making.” Uganda’s Minister for Trade Amelia Kyambadde also committed to implementing the initiative in her country.





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Great development here, hopefully this museum will also focus on the amazing history of science and technology in East Africa.

The first Science Museum of Ethiopia, which is said to help promoting science and research in the country, has been opened Monday at the Addis Ababa Science and Technology University. Read more

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Robin Evans said that while she does not support the senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes or President Obama she has taken advantage of the Affordable Health Care act. 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Affordable Care Act allowed Robin Evans, an eBay warehouse packer earning $9 an hour, to sign up for Medicaid this year. She is being treated for high blood pressure and Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder, after years of going uninsured and rarely seeing doctors.

“I’m tickled to death with it,” Ms. Evans, 49, said of her new coverage as she walked around the Kentucky State Fair recently with her daughter, who also qualified for Medicaid under the law. “It’s helped me out a bunch.”

But Ms. Evans scowled at the mention of President Obama — “Nobody don’t care for nobody no more, and I think he’s got a lot to do with that,” she explained — and said she would vote this fall for Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and minority leader, who is fond of saying the health care law should be “pulled out root and branch.”

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President Obama

WASHINGTON — Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy.

For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democrats’ advantage has only grown since late last year when they stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the president’s nominees.

Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeals. When Mr. Obama took office, only one of those courts had more full-time judges nominated by a Democrat.

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The New York City Police Department will begin equipping a small number of its officers with wearable video cameras, a pilot program geared toward eventually outfitting the nation’s largest police force with technology that promises greater accountability over police actions.

An announcement on the program, as well as details of the initial implementation of the cameras, is expected from Commissioner William J. Bratton on Thursday, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the planning.

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A Shared Challenge Requires Collective Action

“A collective effort is required to address a challenge that is collectively shared”. We await the outcome(s) of the AU’s Summit on Terrorism. See article below:

Africa: Kenya to Host AU Summit On Terrorism

Nairobi — Kenya will host the Africa Union Peace and Security Council Summit on Terrorism, to be attended by a number of Heads of State and Government from the continent on Tuesday.

Already, six presidents have confirmed attendance at the one-day summit among them the leaders of Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Somalia.

The presidents of Tanzania and Uganda will also be present.

The meeting is expected to agree on concrete steps meant to enhance the ongoing efforts to effectively address the threat of terrorism, including the early ratification and domestication of the relevant AU and international instruments.

Prime Ministers of Namibia and Algeria will lead their countries’ delegations as will Burundi’s First Vice President. Delegations to be led by ministers include Gambia, Ethiopia, Libya and South Africa.

High level ambassadors from Equatorial Guinea and Mozambique will represent their countries.

The summit will also seek ways of mobilizing for additional support to Africa’s efforts and the enhancement of international coordination and collaboration in the war against terror. Read more

Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was shot during an encounter with police in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, was recorded by a convenience store surveillance camera a few minutes before he was killed, according to police. Then, just after he died, a picture of his body was snapped by a Twitter user who claims to have seen the shooting.

Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was shot during an encounter with police in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, was recorded by a convenience store surveillance camera a few minutes before he was killed, according to police. Then, just after he died, a picture of his body was snapped by a Twitter user who claims to have seen the shooting.

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