White House adviser Ivanka Trump gestures as she speaks during the first Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative at the Sofitel hotel Ivoire in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on April 17, 2019. Photo by: REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire — Last week, the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative held its first regional summit in Côte d'Ivoire, bringing together entrepreneurs, the private, and public sector and a U.S. delegation, including the daughter of U.S. president, Ivanka Trump.

Just weeks before We-Fi is expected to announce its second allocation of funding, Devex sat down with the head of the We-Fi secretariat, Priya Basu, to learn more about how We-Fi operates and what it looks for in proposals.

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    Sara Jerving

    Sara Jerving is Devex's East Africa Correspondent based in Nairobi. She is a reporter and producer, whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Vice News, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Nation magazine, among others. Sara holds a master's degree in business and economic reporting from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she was a Lorana Sullivan fellow.