About Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

 

Powerful things happen when women realise their economic ambitions. Families prosper. Communities thrive. Economies grow.

That’s why we exist. We empower women entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries to build successful businesses. Working in collaboration with our global network of partners, we build women’s capabilities, confidence, networks and access to financial services and markets.

The women entrepreneurs we support are role models and change-makers, investing in their families and creating jobs for others.

OUR VALUES

  • People matter. We recognise and defend each person's innate worth. We listen. We hold ourselves accountable to our partners, staff, and most importantly, to the women we work with.

  • Partnerships are powerful. We embrace partnership and collaboration. Working with our partners makes us stronger. We stand in solidarity with women’s networks and organisations around the world.

  • Empowerment is sustainable. We are committed to creating positive, long term and cost-effective transformation in the lives of women and girls.

  • The future is entrepreneurial. Our approach is bold and curious. We are open, agile and eager to embrace new challenges, tools and technologies

OUR STRATEGY 2019 - 2022

POWER AND POSSIBILITY: UNLEASHING THE POTENTIAL OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women has achieved a huge amount over the past decade, but we have no intention of stopping now. As economic inequality between men and women widens, the need for our work grows. The scale of this crisis means that our response must be bold and ambitious.

Our new strategy provides a framework for growth over the period 2019-22. This growth will be focused on three specific goals – impact, influence, and income – and will be underpinned by our vision and mission.

Vision:

Our vision is a world where women and girls enjoy equal economic opportunities and are able to live up to their full potential, resulting in a brighter future for themselves, their families, and communities.

Mission:

We empower women to start, grow and sustain successful businesses, increasing their agency and autonomy, reducing poverty and increasing inclusive economic growth.

 

WHAT ARE OUR GOALS?

1.Impact: Empower 100,000 women and girls to increase their entrepreneurship potential and agency

2.Influence: Strengthen the ecosystem for women to start, sustain and grown enterprises

3.Income and Effectiveness: Build a strong,growing and sustainable organisation

 

WHAT IS NEW ABOUT THE STRATEGY?

Our new strategy builds on our learnings and expertise to introduce some new areas of work for the Foundation.

We will continue to empower women owners of micro, small and medium enterprises. Through a growing network of global and local partners, we will also expand our work with vulnerable women entrepreneurs facing poverty; and we will explore increasing the livelihood choices of young women by increasing their access to entrepreneurships, skills and opportunities.

During this period we will also increase our reach, bringing our approach to many more women and girls by developing and evolving our existing successful programmes into products or services which can be used by partners and or directly by women entrepreneurs.

We will also introduce new work to target the institutional barriers, both formal and informal, which limit women’s entrepreneurial potential. Through a strategic programme of research, advocacy and networks, we will break down barriers and open up opportunities, ultimately creating a stronger ecosystem for women entrepreneurs. 

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