$50m fund launched for women entrepreneurs in the developing world

The director general of the World Trade Organisation, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, unveiled a $50 million fund on Sunday to assist female entrepreneurs in developing countries in expanding their exports through the digital economy. The announcement preceded the 13th ministerial conference of the WTO scheduled to commence on Feb 29 in the United Arab Emirates. Okonjo-Iweala, in collaboration with the Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Trade Thani al-Zeyoudi, emphasized that the “ground-breaking initiative… reflects our joint dedication to empowering women”. “We require transformative solutions to address the financial challenges faced by women,” she remarked. The fund aims to support women-led businesses in developing nations in embracing digital technologies and enhancing their

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FCMB Launches The FCMB Accelerator Programme to Empower One Million SMEs

FCMB has launched the FCMB accelerator program with the aim of enhancing the skills and growth of over one million SMEs in Nigeria. In collaboration with SkillPaddy and other industry experts, the bank’s objective is to equip startups and existing businesses with the necessary skills and resources to develop innovative products and services, explore new markets, and expedite their growth. FCMB accelerator program partners To achieve this, FCMB plans to upskill approximately one million SMEs through a Technical Assistance grant of N284.7 million from Proparco and an additional N227 million from the African Development Bank. These funds will enable FCMB to facilitate the successful onboarding and empowerment of SMEs, including

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Nigeria partners UNIDO to set up MSME training academy

The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) has partnered with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to establish a formal MSME training academy in Nigeria. This academy aims to provide training and support to small business operators of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in order to enhance their knowledge and skills, and ultimately contribute to the country’s economic growth. To develop the framework for this training academy, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), and UNIDO will collaborate to design an implementation plan. During a meeting with the UNIDO delegation in Abuja, the Minister for Industry, Trade

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How to apply for bootcamps and training opportunities

Are you keenly interested in starting or advancing your profession, career or experience? If so, you might be wondering how to get into a training, workshop, conference or a bootcamp. It’s important to do your research and prepare before enrolling in a training, workshop, conference or a bootcamp. Luckily, some trainings, workshop, conference or  bootcamps do not require any prior knowledge or experience. However, with the increasing popularity of conferences, bootcamps and trainings, competition for enrollment has become more intense. So, how can you stand out among other highly qualified applicants? Before applying to a training, workshop, conference or a bootcamp, there are several things you can do to increase

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How to apply for internship opportunities

How can you apply for internship opportunities? If you’re just starting out in your professional life or looking to switch careers, internships can be a valuable experience. They offer the chance to gain work experience, enhance your resume, and get a firsthand look at what it’s like to work in a particular field or role. Additionally, internships are a great way to make connections as you begin your career. Employers are often more interested in your skills and attitude than your professional experience when it comes to internship applicants. By searching in the right places, putting together a strong application, and preparing well for your interview, you can land an

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How to apply for a fellowship and receive one

This article is a list of the various steps on how to apply for a fellowship and receive one. Fellowships, which were formerly virtually solely available to PhD candidates and graduate students, are now being offered to a far larger pool of students, including early-career non-students in some situations. Although the majority of fellowships are compensated, their worth goes much beyond a stipend. Acceptees of these programs—which are frequently quite competitive—gain advanced professional experience, which is generally difficult to obtain in jobs immediately following college. A coveted title of “fellow,” which is sure to attract the attention of potential employers, is also awarded to successful candidates. To find out more

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How to apply for a grant and receive it

Are you or your organization eligible to apply for a grant and receive grant funding? This is a crucial question that many grant seekers often overlook to their own disadvantage. Submitting a grant application is not a matter of” try your luck”. it is a project that you must be intentional about and execute with the right mindset and preparedness Check your Eligibility First and formost you must be eligible to get a grant. So begin your grant quest by checking the eligibility criteria set by the funders. Do you have what they are looking? Do you fit into their picture? if you do not fit it is an entire

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How to apply for and get a scholarship award for your field of study

Scholarships are great. They help pay for your study programs, relieving you of worries about money, costs, tuition, and the rest. It is also a way for indigent students to actualize their dreams of study while at the same time bringing out the philanthropic spirit of the donors and institutions. Yes, scholarships do everyone a world of good. This article is about how to apply for a scholarship and how to get a scholarship award for your field of study If you want to apply for a scholarship, it’s important to know that not all scholarships are created equal. Each scholarship has its own set of requirements or eligibility criteria

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TWAA: The New Global Women’s Networking Platform Lifting Communities across Africa Launches Women in Tech Community

Built with safe protocols and features to counter cyber bullying; Set to redefine digital networking as we know it and drive intra Africa trade; Women influencers and communities globally are setting up for “early adopters” advantage; Available on web portal, android app and IOS apps for women worldwide. TWAA – a mentorship and digital community based social media company arising from Africa – launches a “Women in Tech” community on its platform in a bid to connect women led communities with technology. TWAA seeks to create impact in the world of networking, with a focus on tools for community mobilization, content sharing and networking targeting the female economy. Founded by

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Over 200 Nigerian Youths Receive European Union’s Erasmus Mundus Postgraduate Scholarships

The European Union has offered postgraduate scholarships to over 200 young Nigerians in top European universities, under its flagship educational programme, Erasmus+. The figure represents a steep increase from the number of Nigerians that benefited from the initiative last year. It also places Nigeria second among countries with the highest number of students selected for the prestigious programme in 2022 – coming only after Pakistan.  Each scholarship awardee will, on successful completion of the programme, receive a masters degree to be jointly awarded by a consortium of universities, in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters programme – a key component of Erasmus+. The Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters are

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