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Guide to Increasing Women’s Financial Inclusion in Bangladesh through Digital Financial Services

This guide seeks to outline the barriers women in Bangladesh face with accessing financial services, and offers a resource for NGOs who are looking to include digital financial services (DFS) in their programming and for DFS providers who are looking to understand the segment better. Through design, deployment and education, organizations can better address women’s perceptions of and challenges with using DFS.

ASPIRES Vulnerability Assessment Handbook for Economic Strengthening Projects

This handbook will assist practitioners and specialists in monitoring and evaluation in the selection of vulnerability assessment approaches for economic strengthening interventions. The focus is on programs for orphans and vulnerable children supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), where economic strengthening is used to increase resilience to negative HIV-related outcomes for children. The handbook is intended primarily for development programs in relatively stable contexts rather than emergency relief work.

A Field Manual for Subsector Practitioners

The manual gives step-by-step procedures on how to analyze subsectors in the economy, and explains how this can lead to the promotion of micro and small-scale enterprises (MSEs) which create livelihoods for the poor. Sub-sector analysis offers a framework to evaluate market dynamics and plan projects for cost-effective interventions including the supply of credit. Opportunities for intervention can then be undertaken by a local organization, NGO, or international donor agency. Components of the subsector approach include: