LAPO Annual Development Forum 2015

The stage is now set for the 22nd edition of the LAPO Annual Development Forum scheduled to hold at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua International Conference Centre, Central Area, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 10am.

The LAPO Annual Development Forum provides a veritable platform for stakeholders in development to discuss and proffer practical solutions to identified issues in poverty and development. Development partners, policy makers, academia, professionals and civil society organizations are by this notice cordially invited to participate in the Forum.

Theme: Women Entrepreneurship Development: Issues, Opportunities and Approaches. The conference programme will consist of high-profile plenary lectures and technical sessions with inputs from key sectors of the economy.

Chairman:

His Excellency, General (Dr.) Yakubu Gowon, GCFR, Former Head of State and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Keynote Speaker:

Alhaji Bature Masari, Director General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN)

Discussants:

  • Professor Sarah Anyanwu
    Department of Economics, University of Abuja
    Topic: Women Entrepreneurship Development: Issues
     
  • Dr. Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien
    Founder/President
    Growing Business Foundation (GBF)
    Topic: Women Entrepreneurship Development: Opportunities
     
  • Professor Julius Ihonvbere
    Secretary,
    Edo State Government
    Topic: Women Entrepreneurship Development: Approaches

Issues of concern

Women constitute almost 50 per cent of the Nigerian population and empowering them through entrepreneurship has become a development issue in Nigeria today. Though burdened with family and household responsibilities, they actively participate in economic activities in the informal sector. Regardless of their impacts and contributions, they generally have obstacles in being entrepreneurs, hitherto considered a non-traditional occupation for them.

Financing women-owned enterprises has the potential to positively influence women’s lives in developing countries and contribute to economic growth through the formal economy. This is especially important in post-conflict situations like North-Eastern Nigeria where women tend to be the sole adult survivors when their male counterparts are killed or injured. Similarly, women tend to actively participate less in conflicts, making them more trustworthy in their local communities. On the long run, there is also a correlation between female entrepreneurship and increased participation and empowerment of women in the political sphere, and more broadly in the formal economy. However, conflict and post-conflict countries have even larger barriers for women business owners beyond the typical obstacles faced in developing countries.

This makes programmes to finance effective women-owned SMEs especially important. In order for programmes financing women-owned SMEs to be successful, they must be based on systematic evaluation of the actual empowerment impacts on women recipients.

Empowering Women

Financing women-owned enterprises has the potential to positively influence women’s lives in developing countries and contribute to economic growth through the formal economy. This is especially important in post-conflict situations like North-Eastern Nigeria where women tend to be the sole adult survivors when their male counterparts are killed or injured. Similarly, women tend to actively participate less in conflicts, making them more trustworthy in their local communities. On the long run, there is also a correlation between female entrepreneurship and increased participation and empowerment of women in the political sphere, and more broadly in the formal economy. However, conflict and post-conflict countries have even larger barriers for women business owners beyond the typical obstacles faced in developing countries. This makes programmes to finance effective women-owned SMEs especially important. In order for programmes financing women-owned SMEs to be successful, they must be based on systematic evaluation of the actual empowerment impacts on women recipients.

Objectives

The main objective of the 22ndLAPO Annual Development Forum is to ‘Enhance awareness, create a more informed understanding and opportunities for women empowerment and greater involvement in entrepreneurship,’ which will in turn cascade into rapid economic growth and development. The underlying objectives of this Forum will be as follows:

  1. Discuss actions and support measures for promoting female entrepreneurship in Nigeria.
  2. Suggest measures to improve the reach of credit to women entrepreneurs through a comprehensive programme.
  3. Identify the role of various intermediaries such as associations and NGOs, micro finance institutions towards enhancing women entrepreneurship.
  4. Discuss gender-specific constraints faced by women entrepreneurs.
  5. Share business acumen and technical know-how.
  6. Provide new opportunities to bridge the gaps and increase opportunities for linkages.
  7. Outline how women can benefit from the present drive to fund SMEs in Nigeria.

Outcome

The outcome of the 2015 LAPO Annual Development shall be inputted into national development policies and programmes as well as provide a ralistic road map for arming women entrepreneurs with required information and skills to strengthen their competitiveness.

Who Should Attend

  • Women Entrepreneurs currently operating viable businesses
  • Women who want to improve their business acumen
  • Budding Women Entrepreneurs
  • Policy Makers
  • MSME promotional agencies/organisations,
  • BDS (business development service) providers
  • Representatives from NGOs and trade & industry associations
  • UN agencies
  • Multi-lateral and bi-lateral Organisations
  • Foreign missions to Nigeria
  • Academics
  • Domestic and international Funding agencies
  • Media Executives

All participants are expected to confirm attendance as well as submit their full names, organization/institution, official designation and address, e-mail and telephone number to the Forum Secretariat via [email protected] on or before Thursday, October 15, 2015 to enable us make final arrangements. Kindly click this link http://lapo-ngo.org/forum-registration to register.

About LAPO

Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) is a leading NGO committed to poverty alleviation through the implementation of innovative credit and non-credit empowerment programmes, which address economic disempowerment, poor health, poor nutrition, discrimination, social exclusion and gender inequity in the country.

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