On Our Radar: September 2023
An updated take on "What We're Reading", the FinEquity team brings you a curated list of women's financial inclusion and economic empowerment content we've been consuming recently, from podcasts, new initiatives and articles to videos and social posts.
On Our Radar
The UNCDF Gender Disaggregated Mapping Tool is a resource designed to accompany institutions in assessing — and addressing — their issues in regard to gender-disaggregated data. No matter how far along your institution is on its data journey, whether that's enhancing existing gender policies, improving current data functions or simply starting at zero, this UNCDF tool covers all the bases.
Yunus Was Wrong — Savings, Not Credit, is a Human Right: Here’s How the Financial Inclusion Sector Can Shift its Focus
In this article, Jeffrey Ashe argues that if the goal of financial inclusion is to provide people with easy access to useful amounts of capital and a safe, convenient place to save, then savings should be a higher priority than facilitating access to more loans. Ashe discusses the potential to scale savings groups with this approach in mind.
This FinDev Gateway blog shares how mobile money – and concerted efforts by government and mobile money operators to promote it - has helped reduce the financial inclusion gender gap in Rwanda.
UNCDF's new report reveals a digital gender gap across all communities in terms of digital devices ownership and usage, internet usage, digital skills, and awareness as well as adoption of digital innovation. The assessment was carried out in Northern Uganda in targeted areas where UNCDF is implementing its 'Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era' strategy.
Policy approaches for financial inclusion : an examination of approaches across Asia and the Pacific and Latin America
This new report, prepared under the framework of a partnership between ESCAP and the Agencia Presidencial de Cooperación Internacional de Colombia, showcases policies to advance financial inclusion of women, rural communities, and MSMEs in countries across Latin America and Asia and the Pacific, with a goal to inform South-South dialogue and collaboration between policymakers in the region on financial inclusion.
CARE USA's Women’s Economic Justice (WEJ) Impact Report, “Helping Women Earn, Save and Invest,” provides an overview of WEJ’s accomplishments in advancing economic justice for women worldwide. Featuring innovative programs designed in collaboration with local actors, governments and private sector entities, “Helping Women Earn, Save and Invest” highlights key accomplishments and impact stories.
How can impact investors integrate gender throughout the investment cycle to improve women’s financial inclusion and contribute to WEE and gender equality? CGAP highlights four emerging practices investors can use.