Nepalese women trained on e-commerce

Government reforms and initiatives in response to an UNCTAD assessment of the Himalayan nation’s eTrade readiness have allowed businesses to capitalize on COVID-19-induced online opportunities. Although COVID-19 restrictions have disrupted Nepal’s economy – tourist arrivals, for example, fell by 81% in 2020 – the pandemic has created new online opportunities.Continue Reading

COVID-19 pandemic transforms trade ecosystem for women

When COVID-19 lockdowns started and borders closed in March 2020, Euphrosine saw her sales of avocado oil plummet in Rwanda. So she created an online shop on her company’s website to continue selling her products. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on livelihoods, businesses and trade in Least Developed CountriesContinue Reading

What Did It Do Differently To Ride Out the Pandemic?

Tickled by a gift of mangoes from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the heads of state in neighbouring countries, the Indian media dubbed the move as Bangladesh’s ‘Mango diplomacy‘. But Dhaka said that it was simply sharing its ‘happiness’ with friends during a historic year. The Golden Jubilee year ofContinue Reading

Four industries forever transformed by the pandemic

What do supermarkets, doctor visits, Disney movies and nightlife have in common? Their business models have been forever changed by the pandemic. Over the course of a single year, how we live, work and play have branched out into unfamiliar territory. It’s clear the long-term effects of COVID-19 across varyingContinue Reading

5 women-owned businesses that thrived through the pandemic

Melissa Jenkins of Melissa Jenkins Designs creates fiber art and jewelry. Photo courtesy of Melissa Jenkins Designs Melissa Jenkins of Melissa Jenkins Designs creates fiber art and jewelry. Photo courtesy of Melissa Jenkins Designs Melissa Jenkins Photo courtesy of Melissa Jenkins Designs Melissa Jenkins of Melissa Jenkins Designs creates fiberContinue Reading