Digital Credit and Women’s Economic Empowerment Convening 2019
On Thursday, June 27th, CEGA’s Digital Credit Observatory (DCO) hosted a research convening on digital credit and women’s economic empowerment at UC Berkeley.
DCO invited researchers, thought partners, and practitioners to share work that advances our understanding of the relationship between digital credit and women’s economic empowerment in low- and middle-income countries, along with ideas for new collaborative research activities in this space. The convening helped to establish a shared research agenda around two broad sets of questions:
1) in what ways do digital credit products and corresponding lending practices economically empower–and disempower–women; and
2) how can the design of digital credit products and corresponding lending practices be optimized to promote financial inclusion, economic empowerment, and related outcomes for women?
Building on the momentum of our existing DCO portfolio, the convening highlighted exciting new research while strengthening a growing, interdisciplinary community of practice in this space.
This invitation-only event provided a forum for discussion and brainstorming in response to an open request for proposals to fund pilot projects examining the relationship between digital credit and women’s economic empowerment. Read a recent blog post on this topic.