COVID-19 Gendered Impacts on Livelihoods in Africa
With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, FinMark Trust i2i launched a series of telephone surveys to track the evolution of the livelihoods impacts of COVID-19 on people across seven countries in Africa. The COVID-19 tracker is currently live in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia. The initial release of data was published on the COVID-19 Tracker in the first week of May 2020 and will be updated with subsequent releases and updates over the next 14 weeks. In this first webinar, we looked at the existing data; how it was collected, analyzed and synthesized, as well as how users can access this data and apply it in their own work. Additionally, we shared the top-line insights focusing on the pandemic’s impact on women’s resilience and economic participation.
Petronella joined FinMark Trust in 2017 where she works as a gender specialist with the FinScope data collection and data management teams as well as the data portal team. She is responsible for gender mainstreaming at FinMark Trust and focuses on designing and facilitating regional workshops to promote women’s financial inclusion in the SADC region. Petronella worked at the University of Pretoria prior to joining FinMark Trust and holds a master’s degree from the University of Pretoria.
Shirley is a data and survey specialist at FinMark Trust where she is an integral part of the team developing mixed methodological research to provide representative surveys at a sustainable cost. Prior to joining FinMark Trust, Shirley worked at Kantar as an account director in client services and as an innovation partner.
Michael Dos Santos
Michael is the Interactive Manager at FinMark Trust and has been part of the team since January 2016. Since joining FinMark Trust, Michael has focused on user interactions with large datasets, the visual clues that bring insights to decision-makers and digital strategies to improve financial inclusion. Micheal has 20 years of experience working on web-based products and holds a National Diploma in design from the Vaal University of Technology.
Diana Dezso leads the Data and Measurement Working Group of FinEquity. Diana has 20 years of experience in the financial inclusion sector. She specializes in knowledge management, organizational development and learning, capacity assessments, program implementation and evaluation, and new business development. She has worked in senior leadership positions of international organizations in both Washington DC and the field, including the SEEP Network and ACCION USA. Diana has an MPA from New York University.
About FinMark Trust: FMT is an independent trust established in 2002 with the objective of Making Financial Markets Work for the Poor. Since its establishment, FMT has focused its work in this area by facilitating and catalyzing development towards greater access to financial services. Through engaging stakeholders with credible, evidence-based advocacy and initiatives, FMT has consistently promoted increased and responsible use of financial services. Visit www.finmark.org.za for more information.
About insight2impact: i2i is a global resource center that seeks to improve financial inclusion through the smarter use of data. Whether you are a financial service provider, policymaker, or development partner, we aim to see you develop evidence-based, data-driven policies, or client-centric products that are inclusive and impactful. Visit www.i2ifacility.org for more information.