An Implementing Partner

NFNV has also served as an on the ground implementing partner.

• I.AM 2.0 Initiative
I.AM, an initiative launched in 2016, called for young people to own and engage in conversations regarding their sexual reproductive healthand submit solutions that address their sexuality and sexual reproductivehealth issues and those of their peers.
The I.AM 2.0 Initiative, a collaboration between UNFPA, Graça Machel Trust, Nailab and Global Fund for Women, took place between August 2018 and May 2019 with the objective of generatinginnovative solutions inresponse to challenges related to sexual and reproductive health, sexuality education, family planning, maternal health and other population development issues; with emphasis placed on promoting womenentrepreneurship by focusing on women led or women owned businesses, encouragingfemale uptake and use of innovative products and service solutions. The mobilisation events received business solutions addressing the criteria and shortlisted businesses participated in theiAccelerator training program for 3 months which included scaling a business, facilitating increased access and female uptake of reproductive health information and services. The three finalists received a grant of US$ 10,000each to inject into their business.

• Growth Barriers Faced by Female Entrepreneurs in East Africa
Funded by the Graca Machel Trust, NFNV undertook a survey on “Growth Barriers Faced by Female Entrepreneurs in East Africa” in 2017. The survey attracted participation from over 650 entrepreneurs based in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. In addition to an online survey, NFNV convened focus groups where entrepreneurs shared their insights. The research was launched in March 2017 at two high profile events – one targeted at women entrepreneurs and the second for the financial industry attended by, among others, the Capital Markets Authority CEO, GMT CEO, representation from the Nairobi Security Exchange, entrepreneurs, development organisations and the media. The event received extensive media coverage across East Africa and continues to be disseminated on different platforms. The research led to the prospect of collaborating with a cross section of private and non-governmental organisations such as Intellecap, UNFPA, Old Mutual, East African Trade and Investment Hub (EAITH) to support women’s economic empowerment programmes and the ongoing initiatives to support the creation of a pan-African gender lens investment vehicle.