28 June 2024 12:0014:59

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Unlocking potential: Promoting female entrepreneurship in Africa

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On 28 June 2024 from 12:00-14:00 CEST, ECDPM in cooperation with the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the King Baudouin Foundation (KBF), is organising an interactive panel discussion 'Unlocking potential: Promoting female entrepreneurship in Africa'.

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The discussion will explore initiatives to enhance entrepreneurship, self-employment opportunities, and gender inclusiveness for young women in Africa. The panel will share innovative approaches and models, and discuss ways to scale up efforts with international and European support.

A recording of this event will be posted online.


With Africa needing 15 million new jobs annually until 2050 due to rapid demographic growth, the economic empowerment of women is crucial to address this challenge and accelerate economic and social development.

The King Baudouin Foundation’s 2023-2024 KBF Africa Prize winner, the Tanzanian organisation Her Initiative, tackles two urgent, interconnected issues: women's entrepreneurship and financial resilience, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), including the fight against gender-based violence. By addressing these, Her Initiative advances gender equality, financial independence, and inclusive economic development for young women.


  • Lydia Moyo, Founder and Director of Her Initiative (Tanzania), and winner of the 2023-2024 KBF Africa Prize
  • Bilikiss Adebeyi-Abiola, Founder of WeCyclers (Nigeria), winner of the 2018-2019 KBF Africa Prize
  • Georgia Brooks, Founder & CEO of The Nine, Belgium
  • ​​​​​Bart Casier, Senior Private Sector Development Advisor, ENABEL, Belgium


Geert Laporte, ECDPM Associate

ECDPM staff involved