On 12 March 2018, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, FMO, Better Future and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted an event on how we can make finance work for women entrepreneurs.
Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands offered the keynote speech at the event.
“Around 80 percent of formal, women-owned MSMEs do not have access to the financing they need. This represents a $1.7 trillion finance gap. But there are significant opportunities that could make a difference.”
Queen Máxima – KIT’s patron – is also the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.
More than 180 participants joined the event. These included representatives from banks and financial institutions that invest in emerging markets, women entrepreneurs from emerging markets, women business networks and organisations, NGO’s, policy makers and academics.