The project seeks to document the gaps and the challenges faced by women-led businesses, as well as the social and financing impact, if any, that various actors are able to create through Gender Lens Investing, i.
The increasing availability of financial data can be effectively used to drive innovations that help close the gender gaps and address the barriers that prevent the poor from benefiting from financial services.
While including a wider range of clients in the provision of financial services in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa has seen significant progress, marginalized women and youth are still left out — even where mobile money penetration (the use of mobile phones to move money) is relatively high.
This project, which is being implemented with the African Centre for Economic Transformation, is a comparative study of selected African countries’ experiences with the financial inclusion of women and youth.
This project will help promote measures to enhance African women’s access to formal financial institutions; 70% of African women do not have access to financial services such as savings and checking accounts, loans, credit, and other institutional services.
Although gender-based violence (GBV) is endemic globally, some of the highest rates in the world are found in Muslim-majority countries where conservative interpretations of Islamic Family Law persist.