The Women ICT Frontier Initiative (WIFI) flagship programme aims to promote women’s entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific through enhancing capabilities of women entrepreneurs in ICT and entrepreneurship so that they and their enterprises can become more productive, and hopefully grow and be sustainable so that they can actively contribute to community development as well as to the local and national economy.
The WIFI programme was officially launched on 9-10 June, 2016 in Korea in a regional forum that examined the state-of-the-art of ICTD capacity building in Asia and the Pacific to develop the appropriate regional and national capacity development in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The overall goal of WIFI is to create socially and economically-empowered women through ICT-enabled entrepreneurship.
WIFI is expected to achieve the following key objectives:
- Strengthen capacity of women entrepreneurs to utilize information and communication technologies in support of their businesses;
- Strengthen capacity of government leaders and policymakers to create an enabling environment for ICT-empowered women entrepreneurs.
WIFI Training Programme
A comprehensive and integrated ICT and entrepreneurship training programme will be developed for two target audiences: 1) women entrepreneurs; and 2) government leaders and policymakers.
WIFI employs a two-track approach to building capacities of women entrepreneurs:
- Knowledge Enhancement. This includes learning the concepts and principles of women empowerment, SDGs, role of ICT, planning and managing a business.
- ICT Skills Enhancement. This entails actual use ICT and applications in various business functions.
In addition to women entrepreneurs, WIFI targets government leaders and policymakers to strengthen their capacities in creating the enabling environment for ICT-empowered women entrepreneurship.
Modules for Core Content
Core Module 1 on Women's Empowerment, SDGs and ICT PDF Version [1.5MB]
The primary objective of this module is to introduce the key concepts of women's empowerment, its barriers and enablers in present times; the ICTs, its challenges and opportunities in promoting women's empowerment; and the SDGs related to women's empowerment.
Core Module 2 on Enabling Role of ICT for Women Entrepreneurs PDF Version [0.6MB]
The primary objective of this module is to introduce the key concepts of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs. It also focuses on the global status of women entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship's relations to women's empowerment, its barriers and enablers faced by women entrepreneurs, and the role of ICT in women's entrepreneurship.
Modules for Women Entrepreneurs Track
Module 1 on Planning a Business Using ICT PDF Version [3.1MB]
The primary objective of this module is to introduce potential women entrepreneurs to business planning and how ICTs can help in the process. It provides fundamental business concepts, analytical tools, and basic ICT applications in business planning.
Module 2 on Managing a Business Using ICT PDF Version [0.6MB]
The primary objective of this module is to enhance women entrepreneurs’ understanding of the skills and knowledge, and attitudes and values in actualizing and operating business activities.
Module for Policymakers Track
Module for An Enabling Environment for Women Entrepreneurs PDF Version [1.1MB]
The primary objective of this module is to understand what is a gender-responsive government (including gender-sensitive policies and services); and learn how to create an enabling environment for ICT-empowered women entrepreneurs.
The WIFI InfoBank [http://wifiinfobank.unapcict.org] is an Online Knowledge Platform developed to ensure users to learn the skills on ‘how to use ICT’ incorporating practical knowledge into their business and daily activities. It will introduce existing programmes on ICT literacy and business related tools/applications which will allow our users to select the training programmes they need. To provide users with more local insight, Infobank is also equipped with a section which includes various features and contents for Country-specific implementation activities; localized resources (including Audiobook); local news articles; and access to local social media channels.
In addition, InfoBank also offer knowledge products such as WIFI Training Modules and Case Studies for the trainers as well.
WIFI Advisory Services
Technical assistance and advice are provided to programme partners including governments, training institutes, CSOs and relevant women organizations in areas such as WIFI roll-out and institutionalization in human resource development framework.