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.
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.
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 two-year project will propose and initiate evidence-based strategies for creating decent employment opportunities and supporting entrepreneurship in the face of the youth population boom Africa is experiencing.
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.
Democratic transformations in the Arab world have reignited debate around the need for more inclusive political systems where the rights of different ethnic and religious groups are a priority in the transition period.