Browse by Theme: Financial Inclusion

Last week the World Bank’s much anticipated 2017 Global Findex database and accompanying report was released, revealing who has a bank account with a financial institution or mobile money service and how they’re using it. While great gains have been made in overall account ownership, we should be cautious about celebrating just yet. Women continue to lag behind men on almost all the financial inclusion markers and that’s a major shortcoming.

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Together with a colleague, Professor Malcolm Harper, I recently spent 18 months researching and editing a book on Islamic microfinance – which is defined as Shari’ah compliant financial services for poor people. Here are some of the key findings.

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For over 25 years CARE’s Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) have enabled women living in poverty to increase their financial skills, gain access to and control over resources, and generate economic opportunities and income. This report published in December 2017 provides an overview of the global reach of CARE’s VSLAs.

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This report presents the results of research conducted in Niger on the political power of the Mata Masu Dubara (Village Savings and Loan Associations) in Niger.

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Started by CARE International, the Women on the Move partnership goal is to economically and socially empower women and girls through their mobilisation and access to savings groups.

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Do you know where chocolate comes from? Do you wonder who produced the cocoa in your chocolate and under what circumstances? Do you care if the chocolate you buy is sourced in a responsible way, with equal access and opportunity for women?

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The Decade of African Women – launched in 2010 by the African Union – has seen significant strides made by African countries to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Notable within West Africa has been the drive towards women’s economic empowerment.

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