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Panel Session: The ICT Training for Women Entrepreneurs

May 28, 2002

Women compose a significant share of micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean region. In order for them to participate in the new knowledge-based economy, appropriate training and support to use ICTs are needed. "Research has shown that boys and girls/men and women do not approach technology in the same way nor with the same expectations."*

*Eva Rathgeber, "Gender and the Digital Divide: Assessing the Impacts of Telecenter" seminar, March 7, 2002.

Topics covered:

  • An IADB pilot project that is using ICT to provide training for women entrepreneurs in Bolivia and Costa Rica. Their business varies from plantations, beauty parlors and bakeries to clothes making. They are the first time users of computers and have a few years of basic education. The objective of the pilot project is to find the best way to train women entrepreneurs for their use of ICTs in order to enhance their business.
  • A project that is currently being developed by the WBI to expand the reach of a (face-to-face) microenterprise management training program for very low-income, semi-literate and illiterate Andean and Amazonian women by the use of ICT-based training offered in telecenters and by rural radio.
  • Cases in the Philippines: National policy to promote digital literacy, and ICT training for various businesses such as IT-enabled services (remote processing work) and software services.


Bruno Dominique Lanvin, Manager, the infoDev, the World Bank.


Helena Tapper, ICT Consultant in charge of Gender in the Knowledge Economy, Inter-American Development Bank.

Dr. Enrique Velazco-Reckling, President, Instituto de Asistencia Social, Económica y Tecnológica (INASET), La Paz, Bolivia.

Lucy Lazo, Director General, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority of the Philippines (TESDA) TESDA oversees and manages the technical education and vocational training in the entire country. Video-taped message.

Jerri Dell, Senior Women in Development Specialist, the World Bank Institute.


Joanne Capper, Education Technology Consultant, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, the World Bank.

Nidhi Tandon, Principal, Networked Intelligence for Development, Toronto, Canada.
Nidhi is a member of the research group of Engendering ICT Study Program: A World Bank Initiative on Gender and ICT for Development. She is in charge of Women Entrepreneurs and E-Commerce section of the Study.


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