Pathways to Women’s Economic Empowerment Through Digital Finance

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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 of digital financial services on women’s economic empowerment. This initiative aims to support rigorous research projects exploring this theme in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

BIGD’s newly launched WEE-DiFine initiative hosted its first webinar titled “Pathways to Women’s Economic Empowerment Through Digital Finance” as part of Financial Inclusion Week (FIW) 2020. Convened by the Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI), an independent think tank housed at Accion, one of the key themes of FIW 2020 is Women’s Financial Inclusion.

The speakers of the webinar included Rachel Heath, University of Washington; Munshi Sulaiman, BRAC International; and Khandker Wahedur Rahman, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), Brac University.

During this session, the speakers discussed the development of a conceptual framework to explore the pathways linking women’s economic empowerment (WEE) and digital financial services (DFS). The speakers also highlighted the priority questions to be addressed by the WEE-DiFine initiative, a research initiative aimed at generating a comprehensive body of evidence around the impact of DFS on WEE.