Gender and access to finance
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa. African Institute for Economic Development and Planning(IDEP);
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This document provides a brief overview of the role of finance in development from a gender perspective, laying the conceptual foundations that then permit an examination of microfinance as one of the main strategic tools used in Africa to promote poverty reduction and gender equality. The module introduces the theoretical, institutional and policy frameworks for the financial sector in Africa, and then the idea and practice of microfinance in particular, highlighting the consensus and contestations around its potential to reduce poverty and empower women.