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Digital Credit and Women’s Economic Empowerment Convening 2019

Financial Inclusion Conference   |  past event  |  Jun 27 2019

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On Thursday, June 27th, CEGA’s Digital Credit Observatory (DCO) hosted a research convening on digital credit and women’s economic empowerment at UC Berkeley.

We invited researchers, thought partners, and practitioners to share work that advances our understanding of the relationship between digital credit and women’s economic empowerment in low- and middle-income countries, along with ideas for new collaborative research activities in this space. The convening hopes to have helped establish a shared research agenda around two broad sets of questions: 1) in what ways do digital credit products and corresponding lending practices economically empower–and disempower–women; and 2) how can the design of digital credit products and corresponding lending practices be optimized to promote financial inclusion, economic empowerment, and related outcomes for women?

Building on the momentum of our existing DCO portfolio, the convening highlighted exciting new research while strengthening a growing, interdisciplinary community of practice in this space.

This was an invitation-only event that provided a forum for discussion and brainstorming in response to an open request for proposals to fund pilot projects examining the relationship between digital credit and women’s economic empowerment. Read our recent blog post on this topic and stay tuned for more information regarding the upcoming RFP.

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