Entrepreneurship is a dynamic self-fuelling activity. Governments, academicians, businessmen and the public have exhibited a growing interest and appreciation for entrepreneurs and what they can do for an economy. Women entrepreneurs have been appreciated even more, as they create impact not only on the economy, but on the society as a whole. In recognition of women’s vital role in the socio-economic development of a country/region and in reducing poverty through their entrepreneurial activities, governments and NGOs has been requesting assistance in fostering women entrepreneurship. The essential role of a woman in the economic development of a nation is being realized in all developing countries.
Entrepreneurship contains specific knowledge, attitudes, skills, concepts and theories that have to be applied in a reasonable and consistent manner. Therefore, it is important for a woman to learn the art of entrepreneurship, as the social and educational pattern normally followed may not provide the competencies and attitude to venture out and take up entrepreneurship as a career.
The development of women entrepreneurship creates a new array of women leader/entrepreneurs, which provides employment to thousands, contributing greatly to the nation’s wealth and economy.
The last two decades have witnessed the emergence of women entrepreneurship on a global basis. Yet, many more women lack the skills required for entrepreneurial ventures. The absence of integrated and need based programs and non-availability of skills to develop women as “entrepreneurs” further inhibits the efforts.
ICECD has been in the forefront since 1986 in designing special need based programs for Trainers/Facilitators for Women’s Economic Empowerment, including teachers. Till now, more than 370 specialists for women entrepreneurship from a number of countries have been developed.
This program is designed on the basis of this past experience.
The prime objective of this program is to create a better understanding of Women Entrepreneurship Development (WED) strategies and develop requisite knowledge and skills in the participants. The program prioritizes the following objectives:
- Develop skills within the country for designing and successfully conducting WED programs for women hailing from various strata of the society (poor, low income and middle income)
- To reorganize the welfare-oriented approach to result-oriented empowerment approach for economic development of women
- Train specialists/facilitators of developing countries who may, in turn, initiate and successfully implement any of the following programs in their respective countries
- Women’s Self Employment Programs (SEPs): for poor and low income women
- Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Programs: for middle income, educated and/or experienced women
- Create a pool of professionally trained specialists in order to consolidate manpower resources of institutions and developmental agencies for greater diffusion of this movement of women’s economic empowerment.
This program package is a combination of the already tested “Women EDP Module” and “Trainers/Specialists Skill Module”. The program design would enable the participants to acquire conceptual knowledge, practical skills and methods of training and developing women as entrepreneurs. The modules comprise:
- Women Entrepreneurs & Entrepreneurship Development
- WED issues and prospects within the globalization process
- Historical perspective and changing scenario
- Profile, sources and characteristics of successful women entrepreneurs
- Importance of micro/small enterprise development for women
- Women Entrepreneurship Development Models
- Conceptual framework and process of development (ICECD WED models)
- Creating Entrepreneurial culture and skills/capabilities
- Entrepreneurship Education and Career Guidance
- Motivating potential entrepreneurs and developing motivation/competencies
- Gender issues
- Creating Entrepreneurship Skills
- Identification of developmental needs
- Assessing entrepreneurial potential: tools-techniques
- Entrepreneurial motivation competencies and attitudes
- Viable project identification and guidance (counseling skills)
- Skills for project formulation and business plan preparation
- Effective follow up and linkages for finance and technology
- Developing skills and institutional capabilities
- Perquisites and profile of specialist trainers and organizations
- Program administration, monitoring, evaluation and documentation
- Entrepreneurial performance and growth
- Small enterprise management training modules
- Entrepreneurial performance for sustainability: Strategies and programs
- Growth potential/Strategies for entrepreneurs
- Action Plan Preparation
- Participants will prepare their own action plans in consultation with ICECD to initiate and/or strengthen WED programs in their organizations/countries as a consequence of the newly acquired understanding and skills as Trainers.
The program will strengthen the capabilities of participants in
- Understanding and appreciating the process, potentiality and prospects of WED programs
- Gaining skills of motivating, training and counseling women entrepreneurs with a gender sensitive approach
- Designing and implementing need based training packages to develop entrepreneurial and managerial competencies of women so they can avail opportunities under the globalized economy
The program is designed for specialists, faculty, instructors, government officers, policy makers, teachers and people involved in the promotion and development of small and micro enterprises amongst women. Nominations are therefore welcome from:
- Women Affairs or Gender Ministry of Governments involved in women’s development
- Faculty of training institutions, universities, colleges
- Women’s organizations/NGOs/PVOs
- Banks engaged in women’s development
- International agencies
- Chamber of Commerce and Business Associations
- Duration: 3 Weeks
- Fees: US $2000