TECHNOLOGY FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS Presented By Ms. Mmabatho Matiwane
TWIB BACKGROUND • A national programme initiated by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in 1998 in partnership with various stakeholders • the dti strives to advance women in business to encourage a drive toward competitiveness and socio-economic transformation • Presently TWIB is located at the CSIR in Pretoria.
OUR VISION “To grow and sustain women’s enterprises through the use of technology”.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES • Creating awareness on the importance of using technology for women entrepreneurs • Promoting and facilitating access to technology • Encourage creativity and competitiveness through the use of technology.
OBJECTIVES CONTINUED • Identify and promote relevant best practices and models. • Identify and facilitate relevant training and technology transfer processes for women’s enterprises. • Encouraging entrepreneurship and influencing young women to follow careers in science, engineering and technology through our Techno-girl Programme
PRIORITY SECTORS • Tourism, arts and crafts • Textile and clothing • Information and communications technology • Agriculture, food & agro-processing • Mining, minerals, energy • Construction, engineering & infrastructure
BENEFICIARIES • Primary: Women owned and managed small to medium formal enterprises. • Secondary: Organization’s supporting and facilitating access to business technological solutions.
KEY IMPLEMENTATION PARTNERS • National scientific, technological and industrial research institutions • Support structures for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) • Public/private sector • Women enterprise organizations
ACHIEVEMENTS • Partnership with Africa Project Development Facility, resulting in ICT Training 2001-2002 • Partnership with the CSIR: • Water2Women • Waste2Wood • Rotomoulding (with the Ford Foundation) • Beauty-I-Slices
ACHIEVEMENTS • Partnership with Kellogg Foundation, resulting in budgetary support for the period August 1999 to August 2003 • Partnership with Cisco Systems, Tombo Entrepreneurial Development Centre and the CSIR resulting in Tombo IT Academy
INSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE The Department of Trade and Industry – Leadership of Mrs Lindiwe Hendricks Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry(the dti GWE Unit) Technology for Women in Business (TWIB) CSIR Technology and Administration Support
PROJECTS : WATER2WOMENAMADRUM A household water treatment plant benefits people with no access or limited access to sustainable potable water linked to a rotomoulding technology transfer project producing the main component of the AmaDrum
WASTE2WOODSIYATYALA PROJECT A nursery dedicated to the cultivation of fibre and food plants through technology transfer to benefit women entrepreneurs.
BEAUTY-I-SLICES Manufacturing, marketing and sale of hydro gel cosmetic products impregnated with natural herbs for purposes of eye treatments
NEW PROJECT: INFOPRENEUR NETWORK To train a network of Infopreneurs that provides information technology (IT) and computer literacy, upgrading the centre into a business info centre. The aim is to build and equip existing women-owned businesses.
BUDGET • 6 Million per Annum
CONCLUSION TWIB facilitates technology-based business solutions to women-owned enterprises and in the process, unlocking constraints for women entrepreneurs. This is done in partnership with technology experts, scientific researchers, and business support structures.
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