Can G2P unlock women’s economic empowerment? Evidence from Asia and Africa
The presentation presents evidence from Asia and Africa on the role of G2P in enhancing women’s economic empowerment. G2P programs have an overwhelmingly positive impact on the household and women’s agency. Governments should utilize gender-disaggregated data and remain sensitive to social norms to improve G2P policy design.
DBT diagnostic study: Female beneficiaries’ experience of receiving DBT
The presentation reveals evidence from India on female beneficiaries’ experience of receiving G2P (DBT) in India. Almost all women reported that G2P programs benefited both them and their households. Yet a few lacked a positive outlook on G2P transfers, as they faced hurdles when they tried to move outside their homes independently and did not have agency over the G2P payments.
Women at the heart of G2P initiatives: The Primary Education Stipends Program in Bangladesh
MSC and the Center for Global Development (CGD) assessed Bangladesh’s Primary Education Stipends Program (PESP), a gender-centric cash transfer program to improve primary school attendance rates. Over the years, benefit delivery of PESP evolved from cash disbursement to digital stipend transfers. Key evidence from our assessment shows women prefer digital transfers to cash-in-hand. Our blog shares evidence from the study using the “Design, Direct, and Digitize” (D3) framework to make a case for women beneficiaries as better contenders for G2P programs. Our blog looks beyond the impact of PESP on program outcomes—and highlights the socioeconomic implications of mobile money on women and the role PESP plays in gender equity and inclusion.
India’s gender-responsive policies during COVID-19
Despite the Indian government’s gender-focused relief measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, women beneficiaries faced issues as they tried to access and utilize such measures. Issues with access and capability around digital communication and inherent social norms persist as two important factors that intensify the challenges that #women face in using formal financial services.
Liquidity support for G2P agents in Indonesia during the COVID-19 pandemic
Effective liquidity management is critical for the delivery of G2P programs, particularly in times of emergency when beneficiaries are most vulnerable. Cash-in/cash-out (CICO) agents in Indonesia receive little or no support to manage liquidity and most of them still have to travel to the nearest bank branch