Access to Financial Products and Training Helps Women Expand Businesses and Create Jobs

Results of an Ipsos evaluation of the Bank of Palestine Felestineya Mini-MBA program

Access to Financial Products and Training Helps Women Expand Businesses and Create Jobs

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  • Meghann Jones Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Kaitlin Love Director, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC —IFC, the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation released the results of an Ipsos evaluation of the Bank of Palestine Felestineya Mini-MBA program. The report highlights IFC’s work in supporting the growth of women-owned Small and Medium Enterprises in West Bank and Gaza, a fragile and conflict-affected region.

IFC’s Banking on Women Program partnered with the Bank of Palestine to pilot an innovative training program for women entrepreneurs in the region. The Felestineya Mini-MBA program combined access to financial products with nonfinancial services such as financial management lessons and mentoring to boost the growth of women-owned SMEs.

The evaluation revealed that the results of the program were: enhanced self-confidence in women’s entrepreneurial abilities, expansion of their businesses, and creation of new jobs for both women and men. The report is available at here.

For more information on this news release please contact:

Meghann Jones
Senior Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
meghann.jones@ipsos.com

Kaitlin Love
Director, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
kaitlin.love@ipsos.com

About IFC

IFC — a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group — is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. IFC works with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using its capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In FY17, IFC delivered a record $19.3 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to help end poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

About Ipsos

Ipsos is an independent market research company controlled and managed by research professionals. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos has grown into a worldwide research group with a strong presence in all key markets. Ipsos ranks fourth in the global research industry.

With offices in 88 countries, Ipsos delivers insightful expertise across five research specializations: brand, advertising and media; customer loyalty; marketing; public affairs research; and survey management.

Ipsos researchers assess market potential and interpret market trends. They develop and build brands. They help clients build long-term relationships with their customers. They test advertising and study audience responses to various media and they measure public opinion around the globe.

Ipsos has been listed on the Paris Stock Exchange since 1999 and generated global revenues of €1,782.7 million in 2016.

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The author(s)

  • Meghann Jones Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Kaitlin Love Director, US, Public Affairs

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