Background - Strategic Review and Reflection

Background - Strategic Review and Reflection

December 3, 2015 (BANGKOK)

In 2015, the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) formally launched a programme entitled “Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT)” in the ASEAN region following a year of consultation, research, and design. SHIFT advances women’s economic empowerment by unlocking financial markets and integrating women-centric strategies in growing inclusive enterprises. SHIFT uses innovative financing mechanisms to extend investments in lastmile financial infrastructure, while creating opportunities for technology and information to improve the customer journey. Fundamentally, SHIFT catalyses innovative partnerships across financial, policy, data and training markets to accelerate financial inclusion and women’s economic participation in the developing world.

One of the distinctive elements of the SHIFT programme is its adaptive design that deliberately seeks to adjust tactics, strategies and implementation priorities based on changing context, lessons learned and new evidence. Following a year of start-up implementation, the SHIFT programme is hosting this workshop with people of shared perspectives, yet with different skills and constituencies to contribute to a formative strategy review and reflection to support adjustments needed in the SHIFT programme implementation.

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