CAWEE Took Part at UNGA Side Event in NY

The Executive Director of CAWEE Dr. Nigest Haile took part at a side event of the UN General Assembly in New York (NY), September 21, 2023, high-level call to action meeting, hosted by the Permanent Mission of Ethiopia to the United Nations, in collaboration with the UN Better Than Cash Alliance, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Generation Equality Forum, UN Capital Development Fund, Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, UN Women, Women’s World Banking, Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion Advocacy Hub and the World Bank Group.  

This UNGA side event discussed the theme: Reaching Financial Equality for Women: Actions to Advance the SDGs, Leveraging Digital Finance Technologies. The event was officially opened with a keynote address delivered by H.E. Mr. Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister & Foreign Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE), where he highlighted the different efforts made so far & the Government’s continued initiatives, where he mentioned the establishment of Enat Bank and its services as one core component.

The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Ruth Groen-Goodwin, Managing Director, United Nations Better Than Cash Alliance. Panelists were: Dr. Belete Molla, Minister of Innovation & Technology of the FDRE; Ms. Paula Ingabire, Minister of Information & Communications Technology & Innovation, Rwanda; Dr. Neil Cabiles, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Finance, Republic of the Philippines; Ms. Alicia Buenrostro, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations; Dr. Raden Siliwanti, Director for Multilateral Funding, Republic of Indonesia; Professor Ratna Sahay, National Council of Applied Economic Research, India  and Ms. Edem Wosornu, Director, Operations and Advocacy, UN OCHA.

The high-level call meeting highlighted core issue areas of concern to take the agenda of women’s digital financial inclusion to the next level, with commitments highlighted by the panelists. The event was closed with remarks delivered by Mary Ellen, Women's World Banking President and CEO  and H.E. Tesfaye Yilma, Permanent Representative of the FDREto the United Nations 

Breaking News from Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics

Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics in facilitating intra-African trade just announced a special discount offer for Ethiopian Coffee Exporters! an impressive sign of great appreciation for Ethiopia's export champion product - COFFEE!

For a period of 6 months the price for exports of 45kgs or more will be $1.50 to all African online/direct destinations, a reduction of almost 40%!

In the spirit of our motto - Boosting Intra African Trade: African Women Taking the Lead!, CAWEE encourages women coffee exporters to take advantage of this attractive offer!

Our special thanks goes to Ethiopian Airlines and Dagmawit, CAWEE member and Founder of Kedemt Coffee, for her efforts as the Chairperson of CAWEE's Logistics Taskforce that has contributed significantly in securing such an offer!

The Countdown is running! Only about 8 weeks until the start of the Intra African Trade Fair in Cairo! CAWEE is excited to be present at the IATF with 8 member compaines!
We would like to shorten the waiting time to the IATF by introducing the CAWEE member compaines attending the Intra African Trade Fair. Enjoy getting to know the women entrepreneurs and their products!

                                                                                           Meet AndE Mamma's Team
Meet the change-maker team that consists of members from different backgrounds and skill sets! They believe in making a positive and lasting impact on the environment, the local community, and the lives of single mothers.
AndE Mamma uses paper to create products such as arts, flower pots, notebooks. Recycled paper is used to make products such as flower pots and notebooks. This innovation not only helps reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, but also gives single mothers the opportunity to make a sustainable living.
Please check AndE Mamma's social media channels and discover great products, which are also very suitable for companies as promotional items.
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AndE Mamma: The spirit of Mamma’s Love!

AndE Mamma is an Eco-Social Business Organization with the vision to empower millions of struggling Mammas all over Africa while caring for the environment! AndE Mamma believes in Community Empowerment and Sustainable Environment and practices its core values Empowerment, Caring, and Life-Giving.


Founded in August 2020, Ande Mamma protects the environment and boosts the economy by replacing paper imports and increasing paper production at more than seven existing paper recycling plants. The recycled waste paper is handcrafted into decorative baskets, bowls and other useful and decorative objects crafted by the mothers.

Stay tuned for the second feature on Thursday!

CAWEE wishes you a blessed new year 2016. With gratitude for the good cooperation, we confidently start the New Year and look forward to working with you, as strong and supportive partners. Happy New Year!

Facilitating Logistics - Boosting Intra African Trade: African Women Taking the Lead

CAWEE in partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) organizes a series of breakfast meetings, where the 4th breakfast meeting took place on Saturday September 9, 2023 at Ramada Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meeting had 4 panelist (Dagmawit Abebe, Founder & General Manager of Kedemt Coffee, Evance Rabare, Senior Program Manager at Africa 118, Tewodros Ayalew, Manager, Ecommerce Logistics Services at Ethiopian Airlines & Yontan Shiferaw, Head, Logistics & Transportation at Ethio-post), moderated by CAWEE’s Executive Director Dr. Nigest Haile. 

Present at the meeting were CAWEE members, representatives fromGIZ AU AfCFTA office, Hibret Bank, UNCDF, Itochu Corporation Ethiopia Office, Ethiopian Airlines and virtual participants from 8 African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe)where 39 participants (7 men and 32 women) took part.
The breakfast meeting focused on discussing the theme “Facilitating Logistics- Boosting Intra African Trade: African Women’s Taking the Lead”. Mr. Lukas Kupfernagel, Country Director, KAS Office Ethiopia/AU delivered his welcoming remarks to participants. Panelists discussed their respective organizations preparations and readiness in facilitating intra-African trade, where CAWEE demonstrated its coming soon Abyssinia E-commerce platform (

AWE 3rd Cohort Experience Sharing Event


CAWEE organised the 3rd experience sharing event for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program on September 1, 2023, at Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa. The AWE program is financially and technically supported by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State and the US Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

During this event, 47 participants (44 women and 3 men) took part. At this event, present from the US Embassy were: Mr. Stewart Davis, Cultural Affairs Officer, Jennifer Barstad, Cultural Affairs Officer & Mrs. Mihret Wube, Emerging Voices Coordinator, responsible for the AWE program.
At this event, a mini-exhibition was organized. where some of the AWE graduates were able to showcase their sample products and services. During the visit of the sample products, the Team from the US Embassy provided valuable advice and guidance to the exhibitors on how best they need to work in penetrating markets.

During the event, panel discussion was organised where Dagmawit Abebe from Kedemt Coffee, Dr. Bethel Dereje from Wecare Digital Health, Nejat Ahmed from Qela Coffee and Dr. Blen Fekade from Lifeline Addis, all of them AWE training graduates,  were speakers, they shared their amazing business journey, how they benefited from the AWE program and recommended areas of capacity building where CAWEE can be of continued help.

The event was concluded with a closing remark delivered by Mr. Stewart Davis, where he appreciated and encouraged each and every once that were AWE graduates.

CAWEE's High Level Meeting with Former PM of Ethiopia

CAWEE organized a high level dinner meeting, August 26, 2023 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa, where its Champion in implementing the AfCFTA, Excellency Hallemariam Desalegn, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, was the Chief Guest. Present as panelists were Mme. Awa Ndiaye - UN Women Representative in Ethiopia, Liaison for the AUC & ECA and Dr. Giuseppe Scuto - Program Manager, GIZ AU AfCFTA Support Office. 

Present at the high level meeting were Members of Parliament, from the Trade, Tourism & Investment Standing Committee, former First Lady of Ethiopia, Ambassadors of Japan & Ireland, representatives from the Embassy of Canada & UK, UN Women Country Director and other dignitaries.  

The theme of the high level meeting focused on "Boosting Intra-African Trade: African Women Taking the Lead",  where through a panel and discussion, the event explored the challenges that women exporters face, recommendations on how best women exporters need to be supported and the need for joint partnerships among the concerned ones to facilitate intra-African Trade, African women taking the lead.