Women’s Economic Empowerment and Digital Finance (WEE-DiFine)

Journal Article

What I Say Depends on How You Ask: Experimental Evidence of the Effect of Framing on the Measurement of Attitudes

Publisher: Economics Letters

Date: 2024

Author(s): Bloem, Jeffrey R.; Rahman, Khandker Wahedur

Topic(s): Wee-DiFine

White Paper

Digital Financial Services for Women’s Economic Empowerment: Review of Evidence of the Causal Mechanisms

Publisher: BIGD

Date: 2020

Author(s): Garz, Seth; Heath, Rachel; Kipchumba, Elijah; Sulaiman, Munshi

Topic(s): Digitization, Economic Development

14 May 2024
Maliha Rahanaz and Zaki Wahhaj

In Bangladesh, female domestic workers face challenges accessing financial services despite their reliance on mobile phones. A study introduced a two-day training program on mobile money services but faced low attendance due to logistical barriers. To address this, they implemented door-to-door training and automated reminders, significantly improving participation and highlighting the importance of adapting interventions for marginalized populations.

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12 March 2024

Exciting news for researchers! BRAC Institute of Governance and Development announces two new requests for proposals in Spring 2024. WEE-Connect and WEE-DiFine, backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, seek impactful studies on women’s economic empowerment through digital interventions. With tailored resources, including office hours and coaching calls, applicants are encouraged to seize this opportunity to make a difference. Learn more on the respective resource tabs for WEE-Connect and WEE-DiFine.

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23 January 2024
Rachel Heath and Emma Riley

In Tanzania, a randomized control trial with 152 female microfinance groups explored the transformative potential of digital financial services on women’s empowerment. By encouraging mobile money for loan repayments, previously dominated by cash transactions, the study found a substantial increase in women’s mobile money usage. The shift not only led to enhanced financial control, as reflected in higher savings and improved loan repayment behavior, but also fostered social cohesion within microfinance groups. This research underscores the impactful role of digital tools in empowering women and advocates for the integration of such services into broader financial initiatives.

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24 December 2023
Leora Klapper and Kym Cole

Bangladesh’s financial inclusion strides, highlighted at the BIGD Conference, show a 21% rise in overall account ownership in the past decade. Despite progress, the gender gap widened to 20%, emphasizing the need for targeted efforts to empower women in the digital finance landscape.

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21 December 2023
Anwesha Bhattacharya, Erik Jorgensen, Urvi Naik, Aruj Shukla, and Charity Troyer Moore

Despite SHG ownership advantages, rural Chhattisgarh women still face barriers in actively engaging with digital financial services, as revealed by low DFS usage rates, prompting the need for further investigation.

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30 November 2023
Kate Brockie

Guest writer Kate Brockie reflects on Claudia Goldin’s Nobel Prize for her work on women’s labour force participation, and how Dr Goldin’s model relates to trends of women’s work in Bangladesh.

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27 September 2023
Okechukwu Amah, Ruqayyah Baderinwa, Muhammad A. Akanji, Victor Kolo, Charles Aigbona, and Chinedu Okoro

Qualitative research finds that mobile phones serve as a gateway to accessing DFS and play a pivotal role in transforming Nigeria’s female domestic workers’ financial landscapes.

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18 September 2023
Kaavya Arakoni, Ritika Divekar, and Jaspreet Singh

Creative qualitative methods can unveil aspects of participants’ financial lives that may be difficult to articulate in verbal interviews, such as nuanced contexts, details, and emotions. How effective are participatory research methods like photovoice as opposed to traditional quantitative survey methods?

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12 September 2023
Nusrat Jahan

By offering accessible insurance options and addressing challenges faced by marginalized groups, such as women, DFS can not only mitigate immediate losses but also contribute to long-term resilience and prosperity for families, breaking the cycle of poverty in the face of natural disasters.

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22 August 2023
Anwesha Bhattacharya, Erik Jorgensen, Urvi Naik, and Simone Schaner

Amidst the global surge in smartphone usage, a pioneering initiative in rural Chhattisgarh, India, delves into the complexities of measuring misinformation susceptibility, illuminating the intersection of technology, local perspectives, and precise assessment.

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15 May 2023
Heather Lahr, Kelsey Jack, Darby Jack, Flavio Malagutti, Linnea Graham, Edward Tsinigo and Eric Tawiah

Our research has shown that linking LPG purchases to digital financial services has the potential to reduce overall transaction costs, thereby making the transition to cooking with cleaner cooking fuels easier

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7 May 2023
Giulia Greco, Selim Gulesci, Munshi Sulaiman and Pallavi Prabhakar

Can digital transfers economically benefit women more than cash? Is privacy a mechanism through which digital transfers can empower women?

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May '24

Can New Technology in Financial Transfers Empower Women? Evidence from Pakistan and Bangladesh

7:00 pm Webinar

The transformative impact of new technology in financial transfers on women’s economic empowerment in Bangladesh and Pakistan was explored in our recent #WEESA learning event. The event spotlighted evidence from two studies: (1) a...

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Apr '24

BIGD Spring 2024 Proposal Development Workshop

10:00 am Dhaka, Bangladesh

For the first time, BIGD is pleased to have organized a live proposal development workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh! The workshop helped teams craft competitive proposals in advance of the spring 2024 RFP deadlines for both the WEE-Connect and...

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Mar '24

WEE-DiFine Webinar: Releasing RFP 4

9:00 pm Online

Women’s Economic Empowerment and Digital Finance (WEE-DiFine) is a research initiative aimed at generating a comprehensive body of evidence on the causal impact of digital financial services on women’s economic empowerment. Based at...

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Jun '23

BIGD International Conference: Making Digital Finance Work for Women

10:00 am BRAC Centre Inn Auditorium

BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) organized its international convening in 2023–"Making Digital Finance Work for Women." The two-day hybrid conference took place on 21-22 June 2023, where recent global research insights...

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Dec '22

Expanding Women’s Financial Inclusion: Global Implications of the Findex Gender Note 2021

6:00 pm Webinar

The Global Findex Database 2021 shows that the gap in access to financial services between men and women dropped to 4 percentage points for the first time in the past decade. In developing economies, the gap is...

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Jun '22

Featuring Women’s Economic Empowerment & Digital Financial Services (WEE-DiFine) at the International Conference on Digitalization and New Frontiers of Service Delivery: Opportunities and Challenges

2:00 pm BRAC Centre Inn Auditorium

BIGD’s WEE-DiFine Initiative was featured at the International Conference on Digitalization and New Frontiers of Service Delivery: Opportunities and Challenges. Speakers presented WEE-DiFine’s objectives and portfolio, foundational...

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Feb '22

WEE-DiFine Webinar – Supporting Applicants: Breaking Down Barriers to Success in the RFP Application Process

8:00 pm Webinar

  Click here to view the presentation slide deck (PDF) Women’s Economic Empowerment and Digital Finance (WEE-DiFine)  is a research initiative aimed at generating a comprehensive body of evidence on the causal impact...

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Apr '21

WEE-DiFine Webinar Series Part 2: Developing Competitive Proposals

8:00 pm Webinar

Women’s Economic Empowerment and Digital Finance (WEE-DiFine) is a research initiative aimed at generating a comprehensive body of evidence on the causal impact of digital financial services on women’s economic empowerment. Based at...

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Apr '21

WEE-DiFine Webinar Series Part 1: Request for Proposals and FAQs

8:00 pm Webinar

Women’s Economic Empowerment and Digital Finance (WEE-DiFine) is a research initiative aimed at generating a comprehensive body of evidence on the causal impact of digital financial services on women’s economic empowerment. Based at...

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Oct '20

Women’s Economic Empowerment and Digital Finance (WEE-DiFine)

8:00 pm Webinar

View the webinar deck here Financial inclusion is necessary for economic growth and lowering rates of poverty. Research suggests that financial inclusion can be transformative for women and their families. However, despite increased...

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Oct '20

Pathways to Women’s Economic Empowerment Through Digital Finance

8:00 pm Webinar

View webinar deck here BRAC Institute for Governance and Development (BIGD) launched Women’s Economic Empowerment and Digital Finance (WEE-DiFine), an exciting new research initiative aimed at generating evidence on the causal impact...

MFIs Shouldn’t Charge for Digital Payments

Publisher: The Business Post

Date: 2023

Topic(s): Economic Development

BIGD Hosts Conference on Digital Finance Work for Women

Publisher: The Business Standard

Date: 2023

Topic(s): Economic Development

‘DFS Key to Advance Women’s Economic Empowerment’

Publisher: The Business Post

Date: 2022

Topic(s): Economic Development

WEE-DiFine Initiative Stresses Women’s Empowerment

Publisher: The Daily Observer

Date: 2022

Topic(s): Digitization

Atonu Rabbani, PhD

Advisor - WEE-DiFine & WEE-Connect

Kym Cole

Initiative Director - WEE-DiFine & WEE-Connect

Dr. Imran Jamal

Research Fellow - WEE-DiFine & WEE-Connect

Emma Haseley

Senior Associate, Corporate and Foundation Partnerships, BRAC USA

Khandker Wahedur Rahman, PhD

Visiting Research Fellow

Tasnuba Sinha

Initiative Communications Manager | WEE-DiFine & WEE-Connect

Ali Navir Khan

Senior Manager - Grants Management

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