Project profile — Women as the Catalysts of Change in West Bank and Gaza

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Women as the Catalysts of Change in West Bank and Gaza - Overview
2018-07-25 - 2020-04-30
Country / region • West Bank Gaza (100.00%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (20.00%)
• Banking And Financial Services
Education/training in banking and financial services (24081) (40.00%)
• Business And Other Services
Business support services and institutions (25010) (40.00%)
Policy marker • Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


This project aims to enhance economic empowerment and increase the prosperity of women graduates and women-led small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the West Bank and Gaza. It also aims to expand the “Wassalny” program of Business Women Forum (BWF) while also improving the ability of BWF to deliver gender-sensitive business development services to women-led SMEs. The “Wassalny” program builds the capacities of women entrepreneurs by providing them with training and coaching, marketing skills and networking opportunities with suppliers. It also connects women entrepreneurs to a network of qualified female graduates who can help them develop and implement marketing and business plans. Project activities include: (1) offering a capacity building program to female graduates to enhance their employability and technical skills, in areas such as marketing plans, sales techniques, social media, leadership and entrepreneurship; (2) providing SMEs with business development services, in areas such as marketing and business plans, financial management and the use of social media to promote and grow a business; and (3) having BWF personnel attend training/coaching sessions.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) enhanced economic opportunities for female graduates; (2) enhanced business opportunities for women-led small and medium enterprises; (3) improved quality of business development services provided by Business Women Forum (BWF) to Palestinian women.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
07-07-2020 Disbursement -$82,610
15-07-2020 Disbursement $82,610
07-07-2020 Disbursement $82,610
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