This declaration was signed on the 31st of October at Bridge the Gap by:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland)Triodos
Impact Hubs in – Amsterdam, Antigua, Dubai, London, Oakland, San Francisco, Vienna-
Global Banking Alliance for women
WO=MEN, Dutch Gender Platform
We, supporters of the Bridge the Gap initiative and participants gathered at the Bridge the Gap event 2014, including the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, development funds, philanthropists, development organisations, financial institutions, investor and entrepreneur networks, mission driven private investors and committed asset managers, signal that a funding gap exists for female entrepreneurs in developing and emerging markets.
We recognise the opportunity of capitalising on this funding gap as female entrepreneurs are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs worldwide and women in developing and emerging markets will hugely increase their purchasing power over the next decade.
We believe that female entrepreneurs are key economic agents and that their leadership will positively contribute economically, financially, socially and culturally.
We recognise the importance of women’s economic empowerment for sustainable and inclusive development as a goal in its own right.
We will strengthen our efforts to fund female owned businesses as part of our investment strategy.
We will share our insights and lessons learned with other co-signatories to build a body of knowledge.
We will support efforts enabling us to better understand and capitalise on the opportunity that female entrepreneurship developing and emerging markets offers.
c) Call to action
We aim to make a concerted effort to bridging the funding gap for female entrepreneurs by 2025, calling on others to join our efforts.
We specifically call on impact investors, financial institutions and governments to make a significant contribution to Bridging the Gap for female entrepreneurship in emerging and developing markets, considering them potential frontrunners of positive change towards equality and sustainable economic development.
We invite all parties to share their expertise, lessons learned and experiences with us so that we can grow our collective impact.
d) Follow up
We commit to providing and share information to the best of our capacities to further the understanding of how best to serve female entrepreneurs in developing and emerging markets and to maximize our social impact.
We are willing to periodically review our efforts and revisit this declaration in two years time.