Academy of Women's Entrepreneurship - Supporting Women in Business Development

According to the modern economic researches, women have main economic role in innovating at the market and creating new work places. In that way, they contribute to the global economic growth as well as to the growth of local communities. That has caused many changes in policy making in this field at European level, so now women’s entrepreneurship is not a gender equality issue, but an economical issue.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, there is still very notable gap between men’s and women’s entrepreneurship and really high number of unemployed women, even though there are many intensive efforts to promote women’s entrepreneurship in the last few years. According to the data of Federal Statistical Office from June 2016, number of unemployed women in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is higher than 50%, and in Sarajevo Canton higher than 60%.

In order to at least partially answer the numerous challenges and provide support to women in overcoming them, a partner organization Centre for Research and Education "Nahla" is in cooperation with DVV International in 2017 implementing the project "Academy of Women's Entrepreneurship - Supporting Women in Business Development".


Participants: 15 unemployed women from the area of Sarajevo Canton and neighboring cantons,  between 20 and 45 years of age, who have a business idea willing to achieve it.

Duration: 120 hours of training + five months of mentoring

Project goals:

  • To contribute to the economic empowerment of women and promotion of women's entrepreneurship and self-employment in Sarajevo Canton and neighboring cantons by supporting women in business development,
  • To develop/enhance entrepreneurial competencies of long-term unemployed women at risk of social exclusion,
  • To strengthen socio-emotional competencies of unemployed women after the long period of unemployment,
  • Through quality mentoring encourage women to develop own business ideas.
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