NCC can serve as effective security for loans and facilitate greater access to finance for women and smallholder farmers. NCC, together with an effective registry system and appropriate regulatory frameworks, can reduce risk for lenders while addressing the triple exclusionary bias against agriculture, smallholders with uncertain markets, and women who often lack traditional forms of collateral.

This paper provides financial service providers and policymakers with guidance on the potential for NCC to increase access to credit for women smallholder farmers, promote greater financial inclusion, and the importance of registries and sound legal frameworks to achieving this goal.

January 2020 | Allison Nafziger

INNOVATE – Adoption of Agricultural Innovations through Non-Traditional Financial Services, is a threeyear
initiative implemented by MEDA and funded by the International Development Research Centre

In 2018, only 3% of venture capital in the U.S went to companies with a female CEO. Yet, the number of female-owned businesses has risen both in the U.S. and around the world, and the number of women intending to become entrepreneurs globally has increased even more sharply. Women who venture into entrepreneurship are not poised to get a fair deal.
January 13, 2020 | Kamal Hassan, Monisha Varadan, Claudia Zeisberger
Harvard Business Review

The most valuable lessons of women’s leadership programs are those that show organizations where to improve.
December 2019 | Natacha Catalino and Kirstan Marnane

McKinsey Quarterly

Shareholders penalize tech and finance companies for not hiring enough women, new research shows.
September 17, 2019 | Katia Savchuk

Stanford Graduate School of Business

While gender gaps in labor market participation and educational attainment have narrowed, women around the world still encounter a glass ceiling when trying to reach the company boardroom, where female representation remains low. Policy-makers, business leaders, institutional investors and women’s business organizations are increasingly paying attention to this issue and are working to improve board gender diversity. However, progress has been slower than desired. Although women in some countries in Western Europe now account for 30–40 percent of board membership in some of the largest listed firms, these percentages are far lower in many other regions, including Southeast Asia.
2019 | The Economist, International Finance Corporation

Gender Based Violence (GBV) affects 1 in 3 women globally and has been referred to by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres as a political ‘global pandemic’ and ‘a mark of shame on all our societies’1. GBV takes many forms but this Toolkit is focused on sexual harassment and domestic violence, which can affect women’s full and equal participation in the workforce.
2019 | Business Fights Poverty

•• How gender balanced are leadership teams of General Partners, which allocate capital, and of portfolio companies, which receive investments?
•• Are there benefits of moving leadership teams toward gender balance within General Partners and portfolio companies?
•• What can General Partners do to move toward gender balance in their leadership teams and those of the portfolio companies they invest in?

2019 | IFC, Oliver Wyman, RockCreek

Globally, there are wide gaps in gender equality and access to economic opportunities for women. Women face disproportionate challenges in access to opportunities across all spheres of life such as education, health care services and finance. They also have to face social challenges such as gender stereotypes and mobility and safety issues, which in turn impacts their social and economic empowerment. Almost a billion women of employable age are not part of the formal workforce, and women routinely contend with issues such as insufficient support for entrepreneurship, gender pay gap, sexual harassment at the workplace and underrepresentation in top management – in both private and the public sectors.
2019 | Intellecap

The VC industry has historically been a boys’ club. Women have been underrepresented on both sides of the table as investors and as company founders. Considering that women make up half of the world’s population and an even larger percentage of buying power, this underrepresentation is a problem not only for talented female entrepreneurs, but also for an industry that relies on scalable ideas to reach its potential.
2019 | PitchBook and All Raise

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