RATIONALE FOR THE CREATION OF THE DIRECTORY
In January 2019 ITC surveyed 956 women-owned businesses across the four project
countries (Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria) to gather information on their current
level of engagement with BSOs in each country.
Over 60% of the respondents to the survey reported that they are not members of, and/or
do no access services from such organizations. Lack of awareness and visibility was one
of the main reasons identified for this, as over 70% of these respondents either (a) did not
know such organizations; (b) did not know these organizations provide business support
services; or (c) did not know how to approach these organizations.
In an effort to close this awareness and visibility gap, under the SheTrades in the
Commonwealth project ITC seeks to create a Directory of Business Support Services for
Women Entrepreneurs in each project country. The Directory will hold the details of all
non-profit organizations operating in key sectors to support businesses in Nigeria.
We therefore call on all organizations and institutions that provide support to businesses
in general and / or women-owned businesses especially to be part of the Nigeria BSO