eC2: Insights in the business case for non-financial services to Women-owned SMEs – FMO -IFC Research

Deadline: 17-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)women-finance-blogpost

Assignment Description

1. Gain insights into the banks business case for offering non-financial services (NFS) to SMEs broadly and in particular to women-SMEs and its impact on FI business growth and sustainability.

2. Understand how entrepreneurs usage of non-financial services offered by financial institutions (i) have an impact on the businesses as well as on family in the case of women entrepreneurs and (ii) how it translates into portfolio expansion and enhanced quality, business growth and profitability for the financial institution.

3. The study will include review of a broad set of banks and financial institutions that serve SMEs to capture practices that have been successful for SMEs in general which can be adapted and applied to benefit women SMEs/womens markets.

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World leaders pledge US$1 billion to transform health and nutrition of world’s poorest women, children and adolescents

– Ten new investors—Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Denmark, the European Commission, World Bank buildingGermany, Japan, Laerdal Global Health, the Netherlands, Qatar and an anonymous donor—have joined since the launch of the Global Financing Facility replenishment. They join existing funders the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, MSD for Mothers, Norway, and the United Kingdom to fund the GFF to improve the health and nutrition of women, children and adolescents.

– US$1 billion pledged to the GFF Trust Fund in Oslo today is expected to link to an additional US$7.5 billion in IDA/IBRD resources for women, children and adolescents’ health and nutrition.

– Burkina Faso reaffirmed its commitment to allocating at least 15% of its annual budget to improve health; Côte d’Ivoire committed to increasing its health budget 15% annually; and Nigeria recommitted to investing US$150 million per year from its budget to sustainably finance health and nutrition of women, children and adolescents.

– US$1 billion will help the GFF partnership on the pathway toward expanding to as many as 50 countries with the greatest needs, to transform how health and nutrition are financed. Alongside other global health initiatives, this can contribute to saving and improving millions of lives by 2030.

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Women Wavemakers: Practical Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Women in Coding Bootcamps

Coding bootcamps, a type of rapid tech skills training program, have recently emerged aswoman a promising approach to equipping individuals with the skills needed to thrive in digital economies. Despite the potential of these programs, women often participate at lower rates than men.

The Women Wavemakers report draws on the experiences of 25 coding bootcamps and seven digital skills programs in 22 countries to provide a menu of options that providers and policymakers can test and refine, in three key areas:

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Missed Opportunities: The High Cost of Not Educating Girls

Globally 89% of girls complete primary education, but only 77% complete lower cost_girl_educationsecondary education, which in most countries is 9 years of schooling. In low income countries, the numbers drop to below 2/3 for primary education, and only 1/3 for lower secondary school.

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The gender gap in financial inclusion won’t budge. Here are three ways to shrink it

financial-inclusion-genderby Kristalina Georgieva On Wed, 05/23/2018

I opened my first bank account as a new student at the London School of Economics in 1987. This seemingly small act meant that I could manage my own finances, spend my own money, and make my own financial decisions. It meant freedom to decide for myself.

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Educating Girls, Ending Child Marriage

Every day, 41,000 girls marry before they are 18 years old. That’s 15 million girls every year. While child marriage can happen to both boys and girls, in most places around the world, the practice mostly affects girls.

Girls like Nafissa* (not her real name), from Niger.

“I stopped (going to) school in order to marry,” says the young teen, “It was because of people’s mentality and their prejudices. I was married during a school break and, before I could return, I became pregnant. After that, I never returned.”

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Women and finance: unlocking new sources of economic growth

From basic financial services to board rooms, strengthening women’s role in finance is women-finance-blogpost.jpgone of the keys to boosting economic growth.

In every country, women and men alike need access to finance so that they can invest in their families and businesses.  But today, 42% of women worldwide – about 1.1 billion – remain outside of the formal financial system, without a bank account or other basic tools to manage their money.

Poor financial access makes it harder for these women to get ahead, but it also holds back development in many countries.  This is because women tend to invest more of their money in education, health care and children’s welfare.  These priorities not only strengthen their families but also underpin a society’s long-term strength.

eC2: CGAP Digital ROSCA in Senegal

Deadline: 12-Jul-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) rw_gender_ag_blog

Financial inclusion in Senegal is low, with only 12 percent of adults having a formal financial account. Women are especially excluded from accessing formal financial services. This has led low income people to adopt informal systems of saving, such as the tontinea type of rotating savings and credit association (ROSCA) that combines features of a lottery to determine the sequence of disbursing group funds among members. CGAP intends to procure technical services to structure and test a solution that digitizes the tontine process and works as a marketplace for financial services. The objective of the project is to identify relevant lessons and share them widely in an open access format. We expect this pilot to produce lessons on digitization of tontines and on the value proposition of bundling other financial services such as credit or insurance along with it.

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Vouchers that Make Having a Baby Safe and Cheap for More Ugandan Women

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  • A UShs4,000 (US$1) voucher covers antenatal visits, delivery, and post-natal care
  • Vouchers are intended for poorer women in two mostly rural regions of Uganda
  • Even the cost of assisted births, such as Caesareans, are covered

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Online: Thursday Highlighted! Spring Meeting Events.

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2017 Spring Meetings Opening Press Conference: World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim

Follow the event on Twitter with #WBLive

Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2017
Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am ET/ 12:30 – 13:30 GMT
Location: International Monetary Fund & Online

Unleashing Productivity – The Key to Sustaining Inclusive Growth

Follow the event on Twitter with #Productivity4Growth

Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2017
Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am ET/ 13:30 – 15:00 GMT
Location: JB-1-080

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