Kohima: The Investment and Development Authority of Nagaland (IDAN) on Friday inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Dhriiti-The Courage Within, to promote strengthening and development of women entrepreneurship ecosystem in the state.

The tripartite MoU was inked by Alemtemshi Jamir, CEO, IDAN, Country Director at GIZ Julie Reviere, Dhriiti co-founder Anirban Gupta, and GIZ technical adviser Ullas Marar at the IDAN office in Kohima, following a virtual interaction. The partnership came to force on Friday and will continue till July 31, 2022.

The Investment Development Authority of Nagaland is an investment promotion and facilitation agency established by a Cabinet decision in June 2018 to explore, promote and facilitate all possible investment opportunities in the state.

As per the agreement, joint initiatives will be undertaken to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystem for women in Nagaland along with stakeholders that would impact policy, capacity building and accessibility for women entrepreneurs in the state.

Ahead of the signing, Jamir said the partnership covers a “big social issue” of the state. While women had quite a position in enterprises in the traditional Naga society, he said that with the modern definition of enterprises and entrepreneurship, women in Nagaland have “slightly lost their way”.

Jamir hoped that the partnership will contribute in building the attitude of women and empower women entrepreneurs in the state.

Anirban Gupta, Dhriiti co-founder, over the virtual meeting, shared how women have been “very strong” and resilient in Nagaland despite the various challenges in the society. In building the ecosystem for women entrepreneurship, Gupta also urged the need to build the identity of women entrepreneurs in the state.

Through the partnership, he expressed his desire for women to become torchbearers and custodians of the state’s economy in a few years’ time.

It was informed that GIZ and Dhriiti-The Courage Within have been collaborating through Project Her&Now to provide support to women entrepreneurs from the North-East region through a structured incubation and acceleration programme.

So far, the programme has supported more than 2,500 women entrepreneurs in the region, including 50 women entrepreneurs from the state of Nagaland, according to Julia Karst, Head of Project Her&Now, GIZ.

With a sector agnostic approach, the MoU will support women entrepreneurs including entrepreneurs who may be at an initial stage or those businesses that have become stagnant. However, scalability of the enterprise will be an important factor, Ullas Marar, GIZ technical adviser said.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing the project ‘Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs and Start-ups by Women’ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and in partnership with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India.

Under the name of Her&Now, the project is aimed to contribute to a more enabling environment for women-led enterprises in India. 

Dhriiti-The Courage Within is a non-profit organisation working for promotion of entrepreneurship across the country. Dhriiti’s core work is aimed at shaping women-led businesses.

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