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On Our Radar: November 2023

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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

Reaching Financial Equality for Women 2023 Edition

This publication offers governments, policymakers, companies and international organisations a 10 point action plan for closing the gender financial inclusion gap, informed by credible programmatic evidence and country best practice.

Women Agents for Financial Inclusion: Exploring the Benefits, Constraints, and Potential Solutions

CGAP’s work to support the expansion of rural agents as a means to deliver the benefits of digital finance to lower income people has had a strong gender lens to it. This working paper gives evidence on how gender analysis matters in building agent networks that can truly reach low-income customers. Consistently, women agents show an edge in promoting financial inclusion, either by reaching more women customers in some contexts, or reaching more vulnerable client segments in general.

The role locally-led adaptation plays to build climate resilience – Part 1

In this podcast, Pranav Singh, Tahira Mohamed, and Wendy Chamberlin explore the role locally-led adaptation plays in building resilience among East Africa’s pastoralists. In this first episode of a two-part series, the speakers share their thoughts on the inequitable impact of climate change on female pastoralists. The podcast offers valuable insights into how a locally-led approach to climate adaptation can empower such communities and ensure effective and context-specific implementation.

Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment: Social Norms Landscaping Study

An increasing body of evidence shows the importance of addressing social norms as an essential component of women’s economic power. This report, produced by the USAID Women’s Economic Empowerment Community of Practice (USAID WEE CoP), highlights proven, promising, and potential interventions that governments, private sector entities, civil society organizations, and societies use to shift social norms to support and increase women’s economic power and gender equality.

Sending Money to Women In Haiti: How Can Digital Social Safety Nets Support Families Through Crises While Contributing to Reducing Gender Inequality?

A recent learning brief  from World Food Programme (WFP) shares lessons on sending money to women in Haiti. It's the first of a learning series that will share concrete lessons learnt when accelerating digital financial inclusion and women’s economic empowerment through cash transfers programmes. The next ones will be on Jordan, Somalia, Ghana, Uganda, Bangladesh and The Caribbean.

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