Addressing Non-Market Constraints For Sustained WEE – A Theory Of Change
In her opening keynote to the WEE Global Learning Forum, Prof. Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute of the London School of Economics, presented a theory of change for sustainable women’s economic empowerment.

In this short interview, Prof. Naila Kabeer explains how this theory of change should address structural barriers, and provides some insights on how to translate this into a programmatic approach. Read More >>

Blog originally posted on the Oxfam Blog

#WEEForumchat – Unpaid Care Work
Organised in the build up to the WEE Global Learning Forum in Bangkok on May 23-25 hosted by the SEEP Network and coordinated by Banyan Global, the Twitter chat addressed multiple themes around WEE, from partnering with businesses, to the use of technological innovation for WEE, through to women’s workforce retention. Explore >>

Blog originally posted on the Oxfam Blog

Live Tweet Chat on Women’s Economic Empowerment
Today, The Asia Foundation joined eight partner organizations for a day-long tweet chat focusing on different aspects of women’s economic empowerment. The robust discussion was in preparation for the upcoming Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum on May 23-25 in Bangkok. The Forum, hosted by The SEEP Network and in collaboration with Forum Partners, will bring together leading stakeholders in the field of women’s economic empowerment to facilitate dialogue, build global learning connections, and promote effective policy and practice to address the needs of vulnerable women around the world. Read more >>

Blog originally posted on The Asia Foundation’s Blog

What Will the Next Generation of Microcredit Products for Women Look Like?
In 2006, the Nobel Prize Committee awarded a Nobel Peace Prize to one of the original architects of modern-day microfinance, Professor Muhammad Yunus. What his theory of change perhaps failed to take into account, however, was the enduring influence of social gender norms and how they often play a role in circumventing larger impacts of access to working capital on women’s empowerment. What would it take for the next generation of financial products for women to be gender responsive? Learn more >>

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How to Map the Gender Gap in Digital Financial Services Using a Gendered Customer Journey Approach
Over the last few years, digital financial services have spread at an impressive rate, and potentially playing a major role in expanding financial access to vulnerable populations. While there is valuable data on the issue, further research is needed to identify the bottlenecks to women’s adoption and usage of mobile money and why they exist. For this reason, the GSMA developed a framework for the analysis of the mobile money customer journey with a gender lens that can help understand the differences in mobile money adoption and usage between men and women and to identify where women and men are dropping off in the customer journey from registration to active use. Read more >>

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How Can Microfinance Contribute to Women’s Empowerment? An Interview with Naila Kabeer
Naila Kabeer is Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. She possesses an extensive research experience in gender, poverty, social exclusion, labor markets and livelihoods, social protection and citizenship, and was previously Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at London University. Naila will be the Key Note Speaker at the 2017 Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Forum, presenting on Women’s Economic vs. Non-Economic Empowerment: Is it a False Dichotomy? Explore >>

Blog originally posted on the CGAP Microfinance Gateway Blog



Financial Inclusion for Adolescent Girls – Strategic Insights from Burundi
Using examples from Burundi, CARE’s POWER Africa (Promoting Opportunities for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Rural Africa) team shares how innovative, community-led conflict resolution creates a foundation for sustainable and inclusive gender equality, contributing to social and financial advancement of the entire community. Learn more >>

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Understanding Unpaid Care Work: Women’s Empowerment beyond the Paid Economy

The advancement of women’s rights and economic empowerment in market systems contributes to the economic well-being of families, communities, and nations. We are all working towards this goal and agree with the opening statement for the WEE Global Learning Forum 2017. Read more >>

marmaestre-244.jpgBlog by Mar Maestre, BEAM Exchange/Institute of Development Studies