Gender and Women’s Empowerment

Authored by: BFA GLOBAL
March 8, 2021 - 1 min read

At BFA Global we regularly evaluate inclusiveness of programs and products via a gender lens, with an eye toward Sustainable Development Goal 5: achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. This page features some of our latest publications highlighting the role that finance, data, and technology can play in closing the gender gap.

 

Women and youth may be weathering COVID better than others, but the most vulnerable are getting left behind
Financial Health |

Women and youth may be weathering COVID better than others, but the most vulnerable are getting left behind

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to ransack economies across developed and emerging markets, expectations are that low-income people –...

By Malika Anand
Making waves: Cynthia Wandia embodies the best of female fintech entrepreneurship
Inclusive Fintech |

Making waves: Cynthia Wandia embodies the best of female fintech entrepreneurship

Cynthia Wandia is the CEO and co-founder of Kwara, an accounting and business management SaaS for SACCOs in Kenya....

By Abby Butkus
MTN MoMo Pay Merchant Payments: Expanding Women’s Mobile Money Use in Ghana
Digital Financial Services |

MTN MoMo Pay Merchant Payments: Expanding Women’s Mobile Money Use in Ghana

MTN Ghana launched a merchant payment service in January 2017 called MoMo Pay to increase mobile money use in...

By BFA GLOBAL
The glass ceiling, even at home: How a report on poverty in Nigeria reveals an enduring gender gap in household headship
Livelihoods and Microenterprise |

The glass ceiling, even at home: How a report on poverty in Nigeria reveals an enduring gender gap in household headship

Summary We are told by the Nigeria National Bureau of Statistics that female heads of household in Nigeria...

By Benjamin Mazzotta
Economic prospects for Kenya in the context of the COVID-19 crisis
Digital Financial Services |

Economic prospects for Kenya in the context of the COVID-19 crisis

Originally posted on the FSD Kenya Website, May 29, 2020  The infection rate of COVID-19 is as yet low...

By Amolo Ng'weno
The buck stops with women
Livelihoods and Microenterprise |

The buck stops with women

Originally posted on the FSD Kenya Website, April 30, 2020  How Kenyan mothers are keeping food on the table through...

By Anne Gachoka
“Our love has grown more”
Livelihoods and Microenterprise |

“Our love has grown more”

Originally posted on the FSD Kenya Website, April 21, 2020  Coronavirus disruptions are giving some Kenyan women a reprieve...

By Julie Zollmann
Meet Spoon Money, the savings and lending platform for South Africa’s female informal traders
Inclusive Fintech |

Meet Spoon Money, the savings and lending platform for South Africa’s female informal traders

Spoon Money is helping South Africa’s female informal traders transform their businesses Catalyst Fund accelerates startups that excel on...

By Thea Sokolowski
Why our money is on this Brazilian female fintech founder: meet Monica of Grão
Financial Health |

Why our money is on this Brazilian female fintech founder: meet Monica of Grão

A former securities broker and two-time entrepreneur, Monica Saccarelli was the first female partner at Brazilian brokerage house Link...

By Thea Sokolowski
Digital Savings Groups Can Help Women Finally Bridge the Financial Gender Gap
Digital Financial Services |

Digital Savings Groups Can Help Women Finally Bridge the Financial Gender Gap

Authored by Sushmita Meka; Sally Ross, AKF; Daryl Collins The rapid growth of mobile money in some countries has...

By BFA GLOBAL
Digital Savings Groups
Digital Financial Services |

Digital Savings Groups

Savings groups play an important role for individuals who lack options to save large amounts of money or have...

By BFA GLOBAL
A Buck Short: Financial Diaries Gender Insights

A Buck Short: Financial Diaries Gender Insights

This report draws on Financial Diaries data from India, Kenya, and Mexico to enhance the field’s understanding of women’s...

By BFA GLOBAL
Fixing Finance for Women
Digital Financial Services |

Fixing Finance for Women

Responsibilities and problems around money in most societies are gendered A recent study from Harvard Sociologist Alexandra Achen Killewald...

By Julie Zollmann
Unlocking the Potential: Women and Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets
Digital Financial Services |

Unlocking the Potential: Women and Mobile Financial Services in Emerging Markets

This report is based on research by BFA Global for GSMA in partnership with Visa Inc. It offers insights on...

By BFA GLOBAL

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