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Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA);
The financial exclusion of women is a global problem with 'more than 1.3 billion women in the world operating outside the formal financial system' (Demirguc-Kunt, Klapper & Singer, 2013: 2). This situation is mirrored in Africa where more than 70 percent of women are financially excluded and where women's access to finance and financial services is consistently behind that of their male counterparts (MFW4A, GIZ & New Faces New Voices, 2012). Accelerating women's financial inclusion thus requires bold and sustained action to advance women's economic opportunities and rights and to ensure that they can meaningfully participate in the economy without undue constraints and barriers that limit their progress.
This paper examines the persistent challenges women face in accessing finance and financial services, why gender-specific barriers exist and what they are, factors that will contribute to removing these barriers and why women require more innovative support from the financial sector to transcend these barriers and harness their full economic potential.
This report is part of learning activities undertaken by Oxfam's West Africa Regional Office in order to improve the way that it conducts future advocacy campaigns during humanitarian crises in the region. Oxfam implemented an advocacy program in both Ivory Coast and Liberia. In both countries the advocacy work addressed the aftermath of the post-electoral crisis in Ivory Coast. In response to this crisis, Oxfam launched an ambitious campaign to strengthen the humanitarian response by addressing the needs of the hundreds of thousands of displaced people and those threatened by the fallout from the political conflict in the Ivory Coast. Oxfam's role during the crisis was critical and important, the agency served as a leader for its peers. Not only conducting direct interventions in the sectors of water and sanitation, livelihoods, shelter and protection, Oxfam set themselves apart by working collaboratively with peer organizations to advocate and lobby for an improved and better coordinated effort.
Dans un contexte international où le savoir est considéré comme un des principaux facteurs de compétitivité, plusieurs pays africains ont entrepris de vastes réformes en vue de transformer leur système d'enseignement supérieur pour qu'il contribue davantage au développement économique et social.
The report provides information about the program which is supposed to help civil society in Côte d'Ivoire.