The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) have formed a strategic partnership under the ongoing UNCDF’s SHIFT (Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations) programme to facilitate the development and access to digital financial services in the ASEAN region.
The third window of the Challenge Fund titled “Linking remittances as a catalyst for financial inclusion and women’s economic empowerment” will award matching grants to projects offering either an innovative business model or scaling-up of an existing business model for international remittance service delivery for women in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam.
11-14 July 2016 (PHNOM PENH)
The inaugural Mekong Financial Inclusion Forum was a major new industry initiative that explored and discussed the differences, similarities and opportunities for achieving financial inclusion within this unique region.
This blog series seeks to generate a broader discussion on the data that is needed to close the gender gap in financial inclusion in ASEAN. Our previous blog post argued that the headline data available on financial inclusion in the ASEAN region – the percentage of women with access to a formal account – is by itself insufficient to understand if, and how, women derive value from formal financial services.
This blog series stimulates a broader discussion on gendered financial inclusion in ASEAN. We examine why women’s access to financial services does not necessarily equate gendered usage. We further explore whether the value that women derive from financial services is impacted by the provider they access them from.
The United Nations Capital Development Fund’s (UNCDF) regional programme Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) Challenge Fund Facility opens the second window. SHIFT seeks to advance economic empowerment and market participation for low-income consumers, microenterprises and SMEs, with a specific focus on women, by unlocking access to financial services.
The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the UN capital investment agency for the world’s 48 least developed countries, entered into a strategic partnership within the framework of AFI’s Public-Private Dialogue Platform (PPD). The agreement builds on a good working relationship between AFI and UNCDF and opens up new possibilities for deeper cooperation and knowledge exchanges on financial inclusion issues.