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The World Bank.
IE Business School, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), Center for Mediterranean Integration.
Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia.
The Women for Resilience Program (W4R) aims at empowering women in tackling urban risk and building resilience in cities across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The Program selects high growth ventures-developing products and services that serve resilience goals- and helps them achieve financial sustainability and scalability by offering capital and advisory services. The Program also seeks to harnesses existing private sector actors as drivers and facilitators of change to support gender-informed resilience-building activities.
As part of its activities in the region, the Program has piloted a startup competition in Beirut, Cairo and Djibouti as of January 2015. The three cities were chosen based on their vulnerabilities and demand of DRM services from the stakeholders and decision makers. Women-led teams from the participating cities submitted start-up business solutions to an identified urban risk.
The semifinalists were matched with mentors who supported them in refining their business plans and provided further advice and direction on how to improve their products and services while rendering their city more resilient.
Based on the results and the uptake of the ongoing pilot, in its Phase II, the Program will roll its activities over to more than ten cities in the region.