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.
The grant agreement between the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and Amret Microfinance Cambodia was publicly signed on 14 October 2016, in the presence of a representative from the United Nations, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Amret management staff.
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 United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the National Bank of Cambodia in cooperation with the Australian Government are organising an upcoming stakeholders’ conference on, "Women and Enterprises Driving Financial Inclusion and Investment Returns”.
Purpose of the Conference
To develop a framework for action to incentivise greater private and quasi-private sector investment and financing for MSMEs, contributing in particular to women’s economic empowerment in frontier markets in the ASEAN region.