At the 2019 ANDE Annual Conference, ANDE announced an exciting new partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), under the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative, and the Visa Foundation to launch the ANDE Gender Equality Initiative, which aims to support women entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

The initiative’s first activity, the Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund, will identify the best strategies to get investment capital into the hands of women entrepreneurs in emerging markets. The fund will distribute $1.2 million in funding over two years through one-year grants of up to $150,000 to entrepreneurial support organizations.

ANDE seeks proposals to pilot, test, or expand scalable solutions that tackle the financing gap for women-led SGBs in South and Southeast Asia to create learnings and insights for uptake by the broader SGB sector. ANDE intends to support a minimum of eight proposals for this round, from a total funding pool of $1.2 million. Submissions should be for activities of up to 12 months with a maximum total request of US $150,000.

ANDE will host two informational webinars to answer applicant questions. Please register and submit questions in advance.


Request for Proposals

Proposal Template

Frequently Asked Questions

Webinar 1: Thursday, December 5 at 11am ET 

Webinar 2: Wednesday, December 11 at 9:30am India/11am Bangkok


Tuesday, November 26, 2019 RFP Released
Thursday, December 5, 2019 Webinar to answer applicant questions
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Webinar to answer applicant questions
Friday, December 19, 2019 Deadline to send clarifying questions (as needed)
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Submission deadline
By end of April 2020 Winners notified

For more information, visit Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund.


Name of the Organisation
The Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund (AWEF)
Grant Amount
USD 1,50,000
Closing date of Proposal
Wednesday, 8 January, 2020
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