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Projects and Partnerships:

what we are doing and with whom we are doing it

Here is a sampling of some of Womenable's recent projects and collaborations:

  • Womenable, American Express OPEN's research advisor on women's entrepreneurship issues, has analyzed Census data on women-owned firms from the past three quinquennial Census surveys, and has written several annual reports on the state of women-owned enterprises in the United States - beginning in 2011. The reports contain estimates on the number and economic growth of women-owned firms nationally and at the state and metropolitan area levels, as well as industry trends, growth by firm size, and the number and growth of firms owned by women of color. The reports are available at OPENforum.com/women and on Womenable's Reference Library research page.

  • Womenable is working with American Express' Global Corporate Payments division and Dun and Bradstreet to better understand the characteristics and contributions of middle market enterprises (firms with between $10 million and $1 billion in revenues). Several reports will be forthcoming.

  • Womenable consulted with the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank to analyze a longitudinal set of lending data collected among women- and men-owned firms by a bank in Ecuador.

  • Womenable consulted with the Women and Trade Programme of the International Trade Centre to analyze and report on the characteristics and challenges of women-owned firms engaged in international trade in 15 developing economies in Africa, Asia and Latina America/Caribbean.

  • Womenable worked with a multi-disciplinary team on an impact evaluation of one element of Walmart's Global Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative - factory training among male and female workers in factories in Bangladesh and India.

  • Womenable consulted with Vital Voices and the International Finance Corporation on a survey among Vital Voices' businessswomen's networks in the Middle East and North Africa. The resulting report is available HERE.

  • Womenable worked with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on a 6-country study focused on women and men small business owners and how they view, approach, and utilize innovation in their firms. The study focused on analyzing gender differences, differences between developed and developing economies, and making policy and program recommendations.

  • Womenable works with American Express OPEN on a research initiative to understand more about the barriers and constraints that women and men small business owners face when entering into the US Federal procurement marketplace. This effort resulted in the publication of a number of reports in 2010, 2012, and 2014. (See our Research Reports page for a link to those reports.)

  • Womenable worked with Booz Allen Hamilton as a gender expert, supporting their efforts to assess the support environment for women's enterprise development in Rwanda and Vietnam, and from that work developed a gender assessment tool that builds on the organization's BizCLIR assessment methodology. The  effort also resulted in a report in each country assessing the business-enabling environment for women-owned firms. The Rwanda report is available HERE, and you may also wish to read a Womenabler blogpost about a follow-on women's entrepreneurship project conducted in Rwanda.