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Impact Evaluation of EBRD’s Women in Business Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries 2014–2021

Final Report


This report presents the impact evaluation of the EBRD programme “Women in Business Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership 2014-2021”. The WiB programme aimed to develop the untapped economic sub-segment of women-led small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The method to achieve results is dedicated financing, technical advice to participating financial institutions and direct support to woman-led SMEs. Sida mainly supported Advice for Small Businesses (ASB) during the implementation period, but the evaluation covers all programme activities. The report contains the key findings, conclusions, and recommendations related to the programme’s effectiveness, impact, sustainability and monitoring systems. WiB’s output level results ensuing from strengthening the capacities of women to grow their business and also the strengthening capacities of PFIs to offer women-oriented lending products have been positive. They confirm EBRD’s strength and value added in working with such stakeholders. The challenge is to ensure that investments across these streams of support transform into more sustainable outcome level results. Transformative potential and sustainability of WIB’s results are muted to some extent by a narrow pool of beneficiaries, fragmented approaches and recurring crises.


Publicerad på webbplatsen: 2023-05-09

Publikationstyp: -

Utgiven: 2023

Språk: Engelska

Författare: Edin Jahic, Jasna Zarkovic, Suzana Zivkovic, Ulf Färnsveden, Zehra Kačapor Džihić