The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has recently launched the Inclusive Digital Economies and Gender Equality Playbook. This playbook is a practical how-to guide on leveraging the market system development approach to decrease the digital and financial divide for women and girls, use technology to improve women’s economic opportunities, and to help to transform women into builders of emerging digital economies. It contains a wealth of research on the common constraints faced by women in least developed and emerging economies, and concrete examples of interventions that can address those constraints.
The Inclusive Digital Economies & Gender Playbook was developed by Nandini Harihareswara, Senior Advisor on Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment, UN Capital Development Fund, with assistance from Anushree Deb and Rose Payne. This tool was produced through the Women As Builders of Inclusive Digital Economies approach within UNCDF. Julia Arnold (CFI), Marina Dimova (Women’s World Banking), Antonique Koning and Yasmin Bin-Humam (CGAP), Catherine Highet (FinEquity/CGAP), Nisha Singh (FinEquity/CGAP), Katherine Miles, Hamilton McNutt and Shelley Spencer (SIA), and many UNCDF colleagues who provided their experience, advice and time to contributing to this publication.