New Call for Proposals to Promote Women Economic Empowerment in African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries

The Investment Climate Reform (ICR) Facility invites public and private sector organisations operating in African, Caribbean, or Pacific (ACP) countries to submit proposals to receive free technical assistance aimed at advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE). The ICR Facility can help you unlock the immense potential of women as enterpreneurs, workers and investees in ACP countries.

If interested, please submit your proposals at this link . For any questions or more information, contact Steffen Felix, Team Leader ( or Mariette Heuzé, WEE Advisor (

Who can apply, how and when? 

Public and private sector organisations in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries are eligible to submit proposals (list of eligible countries here). This includes government agencies, public institutions, (women) business associations, chambers of commerce, development finance institutions (list of eligible organisations here).

Committed organisations can submit their proposal here, and should include:

  • A description of the technical assistance they are seeking and the results they want to achieve;
  • Expected outcomes and benefits for women in the country/location.

Proposals can be submitted until December 12th, 2023 and are assessed on a rolling basis. Selected organisations will be informed before January 30th, 2024.

Why Partner with the ICR Facility?

The ICR Facility implements demand-driven interventions with targeted international and local expertise and can help countries gain international exposure for their reform efforts.

This technical assistance of 30 to 90 expert days can be deployed within one year. To a limited extend, it can also include the logistical costs for workshops and consultation meetings to help shape policies and reform ideas.

What are possible areas for support?

  • Addressing Legal and Regulatory Barriers: revise existing laws and regulations to ease doing business, or for equal rights to property and collateral to facilitate access to credit for women.
  • Promoting Gender-Responsive Policies: implement or advocate for gender-responsive policies, opening doors for women-owned businesses and women workers to thrive.
  • Bridging Data Gaps: foster evidence-based policy-making by enabling organisations to generate and analyse gender-disaggregated data.
  • Strengthening Women’s Participation in Investment Climate Reform Processes: enhance women’s participation in public-private dialogue (PPD) processes to influence investment climate policies.
  • Supporting Private Sector Organisations championing WEE: assist in making WEE an integral part of the strategic support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).


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