Our newsletter wouldn't be complete without sharing some of the latest womenabling research developments. Here's an update:
An organization focused on international economic development aid transparency, Publish What You Fund
, has issued an Aid Transparency Assessment Report
rating 30 donors (multilateral groups as well as nations) on how well they share information about what and whom they fund. Tops on the list: the World Bank, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The analysis doesn't distinguish among the many types of projects that are funded (women's enterprise development among them), so who funds women's economic development? One key source is the Women's Funding Network
. Their 160 member organizations invest $65 million USD annually around the world. Read their annual report
to learn more.
A new report from Enterprising Women
, a UK-based women's enterprise development group, finds - in a nationwide survey - that "unlocking the growth potential of female entrepreneurs
" can best be achieved through targeted, women-friendly support. Yes, indeed.
Research from Womenable and many others has shown that women business owners lead and manage differently, and that their business goals are broader. In a new book just out, Babson College researchers Mary Godwyn and Donna Stoddard find that to be even more the case among minority women business owners. Minority Women Entrepreneurs, How Outsider Status Can Lead to Better Business Practices
finds that women business owners of color are more likely to employ socially-conscious business practices and integrate personal and planet along with profit - for a more "triple bottom line
" approach. Read more about it in this nice article by Business Week's Karen E. Klein
Many of us womenablers have been saddened of late as the Center for Women's Business Research
has encountered difficulties recently and gone to ground. Well, things are looking up. The Center will be partnering with Howard University's Communications
Research and Resource Center (CERRC) on a number of research initiatives focused on women of color, and the Center will be joining with other organizations (the Center for Women's Leadership at Babson College and The Diana Project) and authors (Donna Kelley, Candida Brush, Patti Greene, Yana Litovsky) to co-produce the next GEM report on women and entrepreneurship
- which has not been done since 2007. Huzzah!