Female-focused financial inclusion: Policies to increase rural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa

April 16, 2021 | Webinar

How can governments in sub-Saharan Africa boost rural productivity through female-focused policies? Register now to attend this free webinar at 1 p.m. UTC on April 16.

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Multiple policies to increase rural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa have not had the intended effects. Despite appearing gender-neutral, interventions including agricultural credit and input subsidies have exacerbated the gender gap as the obstacles that women face remain unchallenged. 

There is growing recognition that efforts to specifically support women can help address gender inequalities, which in turn enhances productivity and economic growth. Understanding and meeting the varied needs of women is an essential element for sustainable and equitable decision-making.

In Benin, Burkina Faso and Malawi, teams of local PEP researchers and policymakers explored ways to increase women’s financial inclusion and empowerment as drivers of rural productivity. Members of these PEP project teams will discuss how governments in sub-Saharan Africa can boost rural productivity through female-focused policies during a free webinar on April 16, 2021.

    Photo: Arne Hoel / World Bank via Flickr


    Vaqar Ahmed – PEP Research Fellow & Joint Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan

    Speakers from PEP project teams

    Rose Fiamohe – Associate Professor, Université d'Abomey-Calavi, Benin. 
    PEP project 20396

    Yaya Ky – Researcher, Centre panafricain de recherche pour le développement économique et social (CARDES), Burkina Faso. 
    PEP project 20443

    Dieter von Fintel – Associate Professor, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. PEP project 20428


    April 16, 2021 | 1-2 p.m. UTC

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    Simultaneous interpretation (French-English) will be available for this event.


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