The Center for Women’s Economic Empowerment (CWEE) at CIPE advances gender equality in emerging markets to build more inclusive, thriving economies and democracies that deliver for all citizens. This two-page briefer outlines how CIPE approaches women’s economic empowerment (WEE) using networking. This briefer lists some examples of CIPE programming and presents areas of interest for future research, project, and policy exploration.
Networking to Advance Business
Networking involves developing relationships and exchanging information with individuals, groups, and organizations to cultivate professional and personal connections for mutual benefit. Networking is often considered the most essential part of entering the business world, helping individuals secure job offers and opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. These networks encourage the exchange of knowledge and ideas, allowing for stronger and more creative projects from all parties involved. Moreover, networking can generate long-term relationships that open doors to new opportunities and benefits for both parties.1 These relationships can help people stay updated on business trends and provide them with access to necessary resources. Some examples of networking include meeting people for informal chats, volunteering, attending events on shared interests, or joining professional organizations, among others.