In July 2020, NABC officially launched a new programme focused on increasing women entrepreneurship in Mali, an initiative of the INCLUDE Knowledge Platform. Together with the Mali Investment Promotion Agency (API Mali) and the IHEM Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (Institut des Hautes Etudes de Management), NABC will generate evidence and insights on barriers and solutions to women entrepreneurship, and develop ideas and tools for enhancing the environment for women entrepreneurship in Mali.
Although the government of Mali has initiated policies and ratified international treaties and conventions relevant to women empowerment, barriers to women entrepreneurship are yet to be adequately addressed. Further, due to limited evidence of the specific barriers and isolated implementation of interventions to address these barriers, it is difficult to evaluate challenges with current policies and learn from them. The aim of this APD is to create a dialogue platform for researchers, practitioners and other actors in Mali involved in the women entrepreneurship ecosystem.