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Invest in women to improve economy, conference hears

Investing in the education, empowerment and health of women and girls will yield social and economic benefits, especially in developing countries, a conference in Malaysia has heard. The 3rd Women Deliver conference, which took place in Kuala Lumpur last month (28-30 May), brought together leaders and gender experts from more than 150 countries. “Today’s girls are tomorrow’s women […]

Greased by mobile money, remittances may accelerate even more


  Global remittances are on the rise. Now, coupled with mobile technology, cross-border payments are even more effective at spurring poverty alleviation, but women may lag behind. Officially recorded global remittance flows to developing countries were estimated by the World Bank to have reached $406 billion in 2012, with Kenya accounting for $1.2 billion, a 31.4 […]

Smart Economy = Laws that are Tailored to Women as much as Men


David Francis The surest way to empower women, close the gender gap, and ensure women’s participation in the development of their economy is through enabling equal job opportunities and employment for women.  Recent efforts such as the Women, Business and the Law (WBL) project show that labor laws do vary between men and women. As […]

7 ways to support the next wave of women-led innovation in Ethiopia


While it’s International Women’s Day tomorrow, many of us at infoDev are trying every day to make women, specifically women innovators, central to our strategy of supporting high-growth entrepreneurs in developing countries. But this is easier said than done as women are notoriously under-represented in tech-related industries and even more so in the area that […]

The Gender Gap in Access to Finance


Leora Klapper International Women’s Day is when we celebrate the strides made towards equality, but it also reminds us that gender is a powerful determinant of economic opportunities, particularly in developing countries.  Financial inclusion is one of the areas where we observe a gender gap—women in developing economies are still relatively more excluded from the […]

Quotable: Mobile financial services won’t reach scale without women


p5rn7vb   With the right business training and equipped with a mobile phone as well as financing options, women can become financially independent and feel much safer. Mobile technology can be a vehicle for savings, insurance, payments and a way to obtain credit.” – Henriette KolbCEO, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women But, she says, it’s […]

New gender benchmarking study: Brazil succeeding in providing a positive STI environment for women


However overall numbers of women in engineering, physics and computer science are on the decline São Paolo, March 7, 2013 – In the first gender benchmarking study of its kind, researchers have found that numbers of women in the science, technology and innovation fields are alarmingly low in the world’s leading economies, and are actually […]