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Financial Education
Sustainable Finance
Policy & Regulation
Covid-19
This report highlights the risk of a sharply diverging world in the near term where the gaps between rich and poor widen because some countries lack the necessary financial resources to combat the COVID-19 crisis and its socioeconomic impact. It explores the impact of the pandemic on economics, social, and environmental risks, and the implications...
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Gender Finance
Fintech
Women represent the world’s largest and fastest-growing market but are mostly disregarded and underserved in the financial industry, especially women in fintechs. The industry has unnoticed the distinct needs and preferences of women and in doing so, there is a loss of trillions of dollars. By addressing the unmet needs of women, fintechs can gain...
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Financial Inclusion
Gender Finance
Data Analytics
An important component of gender data is sex-disaggregated data and its support for women’s financial inclusion. With an estimated $1.7 trillion finance gap that exists for women owned MSMEs in emerging economies, the brief focuses on how gender data collection and analysis can narrow the gap and empower key stakeholders to realize their full...
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Covid-19
Digital Financial Services
World Trade Organization (WTO) , Trade Finance Global (TFG) , and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) have launched their latest publication, ‘ Accelerating trade digitalization to support MSME financing .’ This new publication, authored by WTO’s Emmanuelle Ganne and TFG’s Deepesh Patel, dives into the benefits and deployment challenges of...
What works to enhance women’s agency: Cross-cutting lessons from experimental and quasi-experimental studies* Happy Women
Gender Finance
Women’s agency is severely limited in many contexts, globally. Women in low- and middle-income countries experience less freedom of choice, control over one’s life, say in household decision making, and life satisfaction compared to men. Increasing women’s agency is crucial to reducing gender inequality and improving women’s outcomes in many...
Policy Framework for Women-led MSME Access to Finance Title and Image of Colorful Women
Gender Finance
Women-owned MSMEs are vital for growth and job creation but face many roadblocks due to lack of access to finance. With better access to finance, women owned MSMEs will have better access to productive assets and increase efficiency for an overall stronger economic growth. The Policy Framework, led by the SME Finance Working Group in collaboration...
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Gender Finance
Covid-19
The pandemic has been exacerbating existing gender inequalities in economic opportunities across Sub-Saharan Africa. Women-owned businesses, women farmers, health and education, and gender-based violence are just some examples to pay attention to as the world heals from the ramifications of Covid-19. This report focuses on mechanisms that can help...
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Covid-19
Digital Financial Services
Has Covid-19 created risks for global banks? The Banking Banana Skins 2021 – Covid Special report focuses on the fast pace of the industry and its lasting effect on structure and operations. The Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation’s Banana Skins Index measures the overall high level of risk within the banking sector over the last 20 years...
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Financial Inclusion
The Working Paper is the third and last paper resulting from a research project on “Measuring Microfinance Impact in the EU. Policy recommendations for Financial and Social Inclusion” (Memi). The project was initiated and supervised by the EIF and was funded by the EIB Institute under the EIB-University Sponsorship Programme (EIBURS). This project...
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Covid-19
SME Insurance
Fintech
The Covid-19 pandemic has shifted business operations and have now required a difficult but necessary transition into a “new normal”. Navigating disruption does not relate to disruptive players and innovations within the fintech or insurtech space in this case but relates to the tremor of the pandemic. However, innovative players like governments...