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Over recent years millions of people who had been excluded from formal financial services have gained access to financial accounts. While this is a step forward, low use and inactivity keeps account dormancy rates persistently high. In light of this, the financial inclusion community is renewing its efforts to understand the role financial services play in the lives of poor people and how financial services can improve their well-being. We are asking the questions: Financial inclusion for what? What should we invest in? What are the promising welfare-enhancing solutions?
Indonesian women’s roles in agriculture tend to be less visible and are frequently overlooked by agricultural input companies, government extension workers and even development programs. Unsurprisingly, gender considerations are largely absent from agricultural marketing activities and direct sales agent (DSA) models. To understand and address this gap, PRISMA conducted research on 10 agricultural sector partners and their respective DSA programs.
This blog post highlights a resource from the SEEP Network that presents lessons learned on how to design and implement interventions that can pave the way for women’s digital financial empowerment across the MENA region and more widely.
The new "NTF4Ag: Emerging Lessons and New Frontiers" report brings together key results, insights, and lessons from the case studies, pilots, and cross-cutting research conducted by MEDA and its partners from 2017-2020.
This report provides donors and investors, as well as charitable initiatives and organizations, with answers to the two following questions: How can systems change across the world be financed more effectively? How can change be better supported for the benefit of society?
The aim of this project was to support firms in profitably breaking into the smallholder seeds markets in Mozambique through the development of their own CBSP sales and distribution systems, and to support them in selling seed to at least 12,000 smallholder farmers.
Use of non-conventional collateral in agricultural lending, together with an effective registry system and appropriate regulatory frameworks, can contribute to improved access to and use of appropriate and affordable credit by smallholder women farmers.
As part of the 2019 Rural and Agricultural Finance State of the Sector series, this outcome area deep dive provides a new way of thinking about the global women’s economic empowerment challenge through a pathways lens.
This post discusses CEADIR's regional workshop activity to accelerate private sector investment aligned with national climate change commitments (i.e., NDCs) and sustainable landscape objectives for the target countries of Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
Economic factors are linked to HIV risk behaviors, as well as outcomes, at every stage of the HIV care and treatment cascade. The ASPIRES project conducted an extensive review of the literature on these linkages to produce an evidence brief series highlighting how different household economic strengthening (HES) interventions may affect HIV prevention, testing, links to care, retention in care, and antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence.
This brief focuses on individual savings interventions, which include formal or informal individual savings accounts in which participants save their own money, as well as individual matched savings interventions.
On April 19th, USAID will host its first-ever Digital Financial Inclusion for Development Forum (DFI4D). This Forum will explore how inclusive digital financial services and infrastructure can accelerate developing countries on their journey to self-reliance.
This new state of practice report – developed by the SEEP Network, in partnership with CARE International, Itad and FSD Africa – maps 74 public policies and programs related to Savings Groups in Sub-Saharan Africa.
This post highlights a new resource from GIWPS. It is well established that women’s participation is essential for growing economies—and that inclusive growth is critical to creating sustainable peace.
This resource highlights research from the Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) program at the United Nations Capital Development Program exploring labour pains and the difficulties that can extend over a lifetime as women face complex financial decisions.
This post introduces a January 2019 brief from Innovations for Poverty Action and explores open questions to better guide research and program toolkits for economic recovery and financial inclusion to build resilience.