CIPE has sponsored ANWBN for these Capacity building training programs:
2012 Workshop on ‘’How to Administer an Effective Women Business Organisation’’ in November 2012.
2013 Advocacy Training Workshop on 19th -21st February, 2013.
2013 Workshop on ‘’Coalition Governance and Financial Sustainability’’ was organised for Board members of all the Coalitions under CIPE on 25 – 27 March, 2013 in Abuja.
2013 Communication Workshop in Abuja on 2 -3 April, 2013.
2013 Media workshop Organised by CIPE in Abuja on 8 -9 April, 2013.
2014 The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), in collaboration with the International Republican Institute (IRI) and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) organized a three day (September 26th, 29th & 30th, 2014) pre-election workshop for Private Sector based coalitions including ANWBN.
2014 CIPE planned and conducted a diagnostic of COWAN and trained its members of the board on role of COWAN as a business Organisation in Nigeria in Akure on 2ND -4TH NOVEMBER, 2014.
2015 CIPE organised a workshop in Akure on July 6-7, 2015. COWAN branches in 36 states of the country and Abuja to strengthen their capacity and effectively serve the needs of members. ANWBN board members attended the workshop and this greatly increases the national outreach of ANWBN and an ability to fully represent women business issues in the country.
2015 Developing ‘’A Women National Business Agenda Workshop’’ at Platinum Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos- September 2-4, 2015.
2016 Technology Improvement Workshop CIPE’s Office, Ikeja-Lagos February 15 – 16, 2016.
2016 CIPE and ITCILO invited ANWBN Coordinator to attend the Women Empowerment through Business Member Organizations Training of Trainers in Turin, Italy at ILO’s International Training Center. The program consists of four weeks online training (October, 2015), training at ITCILO Campus (9 -13 November, 2015 and local implementation training to ANWBN Member between January and March, 2016.
2016 Women Economic Empowerment Through Business Member Organizations Workshop CIPE’s Office, Ikeja-Lagos February 17– 18, 2016
ANWBN Participation in International SHE-TRADE Forum
CIPE invited ANWBN to participate in the Women In Export Stakeholders Forum and Exhibition on July 13, 2016 in Abuja. The forum was hosted by the Government of Nigeria to Launch SheTrades Nigeria, with the support of the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Abuja, Nigeria. ANWIB (Pat Agbakwu) represented ANWBN and CIPE at the forum and she will also be presenting her report.
ANWBN Projects sponsored by CIPE
The Project Sponsors/Donor Agencies:
ANWBN Project Implementation was carried out by:
NNWES (Nigeria Network of Women Exporters), NNEW (NECA’s Network of Entrepreneurial Women), BPW (International Federation of Business and Professional Women) & NAWE (Nigerian Association of Women Entrepreneurs). The committee was chaired by Ms. Yinka Ajibola.
NNEW (NECA’s Network of Entrepreneurial Women), IWS (International Women Society of Nigeria), WRAPA (Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative), WOCON (Women’s Consortium of Nigeria) & NAWORG (NACCIMA Women Wing). The committee was chaired by Mrs. Fayo Williams.
Project Activities were:
ANWBN has first carried out field surveys and research, media roundtable, consultation visits, business roundtable forum. The successful implementation of these four activities have revealed that the Nigerian Government and its agencies, financial institutions, and women entrepreneurs have a crucial role to play before credit could be more accessible to women.
The role of Government is to provide the right policies and suitable environment, the financial institutions to provide credit facility. In addition, ensure the implementation of value added activities that will help businesses to grow from micro to small, small to medium, and medium to large organisation; while women entrepreneurs need to gain financial literacy and business management skills.
The financial literacy training will engender knowledge in women in the following areas:
ANWBN through these four activities has also produced two documents namely: the ANWBN position paper/ Document, and ANWBN’s policy position. The documents were launched and discussed during the public private dialogue with all the stakeholders
In Abuja and Lagos.
ANWBN produced an action plan and also organized a Technical Dialogue Forum with the banks and relevant government ministries in Lagos to discuss the next steps and a framework for action on easing access to credit using the Policy Position recommendations.
IMPACT OF PROJECT:
The list of actions that has been taken by the stakeholders after the advocacy visits and public-private dialogue are:
ANWBN used the opportunity of its invitation to the 2014 Annual Dinner/ Corporate Forum of the Association of Professional Women Bankers (APWB) with the theme: Sustaining Financial Inclusion through Micro Enterprise Development to present and distribute the new development and recommendations the expected the financial stakeholder to put in place.
The developments and recommendations are:
Today, there is a new government in place, oil price on which Nigeria’s economy was based during the project has reduced drastically, CBN is making short term and long term changes on the monetary policies of the country. These changes are presently changing how financial institutions operate in Nigeria and country is in recession as the economy has gone comatose.
In September, 2014 CIPE trained ANWBN on how to put together a National Women Business Agenda as an advocacy document for policy change that will create a better business environment. The Coalition also produced a Draft of its MOU and Code of conduct at the workshop while project taskforce, project manager and an advisory council were nominated after the program, CIPE also introduced the Project Researcher to ANWBN:
The ANWBN Coordinator was nominated as the Project Coordinator and the
Advisory Council Members are Winifred Okeke and Adaeze Ozongu.
CIPE also employed a Researcher (Abimbola Sochukwu) for the project.
A work plan was produced by CIPE for the implementation of this project. The activities carried out by the Taskforce, Researcher, Coordinator and the advisory council are shown in the activity table below:
|1.||Each Group produced a draft report on Identified Issues for Business Agenda after input and validation from Primary Associations’ Members||ANWBN|
|2.||Collected Feedback from Primary Associations on the Issues identified for the Business Agenda and submitted to the Coordinator and Researcher.||Group 1 – Nkiru Okpala
Group 2 – Patricia Agbakwu
Group 3 – Edobong Akpabio
Group 4 – Nana Okuribido
|3.||The drafted Code of Conduct & MOU were sent to all leaders of the Primary Associations for their members input and validation||Coordinator, Leaders and ANWBN|
|4.||Collected Feedback from Primary Associations on the MOU and the Code of Conduct||Coordinator, Leaders|
|5.||Discussed and incorporated member input on MOU and CoC before the final draft was produced for leaders’s||Coordinator, Leaders|
|6.||Researcher submitted to the Coalition’s Task Force, Coordinator and CIPE its method of research for review.||Researcher|
|7.||Researcher provided a brief progress report on research being conducted to both the coalition Coordinator and Task Force as well as CIPE.||Researcher|
|8.||Researcher submitted the Draft Policy to Coordinator and Task Force for research interpretation and a focus presentation||Researcher, Coordinator and Task Force|
|9.||Coalition Task Force and Coordinator and Researcher presented research and draft policy documents to Advisory Committee||Advisory Committee|
|10.||Produced a mini action plan for who the “Other Stakeholders” are and which Task Force/Advisory Committee members will reach out to which “Other Stakeholders” (Other Stakeholders = well-established members of the business community that are not already active coalition participants)||Researcher, Coordinator, Advisory Committee and Task Force|
|11.||Validation with the “Other Stakeholders (top non-member business leaders)||Group 2 – Patricia Agbakwu
Group 3 – Edobong Akpabio
Group 4 – Nana Okuribido
Coordinator, Task Force, and Advisory Committee.
|12.||Each Primary Association:|
a. circulated the final policy document among its members,
b. Collected the feedback from the members
c. Submitted the feedback to coalition Coordinator
|ANWBN Primary Associations|
|13.||Coalition held a meeting where the Coordinator and Task force reported to the house on the feedback received from the non-member business leaders’ validation of policy document.|
The Coalition reconciled the feedback and discussed the synthetisation plan
|Coordinator, Task Force, Advisory Committee and ANWBN|
|14.||Meetings were held with Public Officials to present and brief them about the content of the policy documents.|
The sensitisation plan was effectively executed in all part of the country by dividing into three Zones and each of the Chair will deliver her report.
|Northern Zone – Nkiru Okpala
Eastern Zone – Winnifred Okeke
Western Zone – Nana Okuribido
Chief Alaba Lawson distributed the policy document to Legislative and Executive arms of Government as well as the wife of the President of Nigeria.
ANWBN FUTURE PROGRAMS:
I would like to give tribute to Chief Mrs. Bisi Ogunleye and Olori Bisi Olatern – Olagbegi for their contributions to the success of ANWBN.
It has been a great journey, my gratitude goes to CIPE for creating a platform for learning on how business associations can work together and achieve an effective policy change contrary to the misconception that women association cannot successfully work together. Furthermore, CIPE has shown that there can be success in advocating with a large voice.
I also appreciate the wonderful work done by Members of Board, all the members of Committees and taskforces formed to do one form of assignment or the other, without you we cannot have ANWBN.
The overall success of ANWBN belongs to us all.
Thank you for listening.
By Titilola Adisa