Preliminary Findings Presentation on Women’s Entrepreneurship and Access to Finance
UNDP, together with ANGIN, and supported by the Canadian Government, is conducting a research on gender, entrepreneurship, and access to finance for SMEs in Indonesia. After a month-long research, on Thursday, September 7th, 2017, a preliminary findings presentation was held at UNDP Indonesia Office at Menara Thamrin. We invited more than 20 representatives from institutions related to the main theme, namely BEKRAF, HIVOS, World Bank, Patamar Capital, the Embassy of Canada, and other prominent institutions.
By focusing on three sectors: agriculture, fishery, and forestry, the research finds that there is almost no Sustainable Development Goals untouched by the women-run SMEs surveyed and interviewed. There are several women-specific challenges identified that persist in Indonesia, such as a crisis of confidence in applying for finance and their unique conservative borrowing behaviour that may put them in disadvantage during bank loan application. However, there is an ambivalence in certain topics, whether the problems encountered are related of being women leaders, compared to general SME enterprise?
The presentation ended with a fruitful discussion by the attendees on catalysing the opportunities for women-run SMEs and on how the research can be furthered.
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