Francisco Campos is an Economist at the World Bank's Africa Financial and Private Sector Development program. He is also the thematic leader on gender and entrepreneurship for the Africa Gender Innovation Lab. Francisco has worked extensively on impact evaluations in Africa and has significant experience in lending operations. He also has experience working with both the private and public sectors on debt and equity capital markets, finance, and investment promotion. Francisco's research interests include entrepreneurship, skills development, financial inclusion, and gender. He holds a Master of Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Anastasia de Santos is an economist with USAID’s Microenterprise and Private Enterprise Promotion Office in Washington, DC. She has worked in USAID's Bureau for Economic Growth, Education & Environment since 2008, and currently manages activities and impact evaluations on women’s SME entrepreneurship. At USAID, she also co-authored growth diagnostics for El Salvador and Laos, and served as a Teaching Assistant for Cost-Benefit Analysis while studying at Colombia. She has a Master's in International Affairs from Columbia University, concentrating in international economic policy, and a Bachelor’s degree from Yale in Sociology.
Women entrepreneurs in Africa have historically had more limited business networks than men. With advances in technology reaching around the world, there is a growing opportunity to use technology to break this divide. Francisco Campos, an economist at The World Bank and thematic leader on gender and entrepreneurship in the Africa Gender Innovation Lab, discussed how an initiative in South Africa is using a business-to-business online marketplace to expand access to markets for emerging firms. Francisco also explained how the team is using rigorous techniques to drive the platform's effectiveness, identify how businesses select partners, and assess the intervention impacts.
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