Value for Women
Rebecca Fries, Managing Director, Value for Women, has over 13 years experience gender and economic development, and advising economic development programs that seek to incorporate a gender component or an overall gender lens. In particular, she has supported large development organisations in devising investment funds focused on women-led small and growing businesses, addressing the gap in access to finance for women entrepreneurs. Rebecca has led Value for Women´s work on multiple research projects that helped to define this critical gap and the socioeconomic issues that lie behind it. She has authored several publications on gender and development and on access to markets and value chains for smallholders. Fries has over ten years of expertise in design and delivery of training programmes focused on gender and development with diverse populations. She has designed and delivered training to high-level management in development initiatives, as well as facilitated workshops with diverse stakeholders in the finance sector for small and growing business.