African countries lead the way on gender-responsive development financing

Young women entrepreneurs are participating in initiatives to address structural barriers to their economic empowerment. Photo: UNDP Angola/Cynthia R Matonhodze
In 2020, COVID-19 pushed an additional 23 millions of Africans into extreme poverty. Job losses are widespread. In Gabon, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia, over 80 percent of households reported loss of income in the same year. On the right, vendors at Nakasero Market in Kampala, Uganda, are complying with social distancing measures. Photos: UNDP Malawi and UNDP Uganda/Hadijah Nabbale
Women and adolescents find it difficult to influence the finance agenda because their participation in budget allocation at the national and municipal levels, as well as access to decision-making positions, is limited. Photo: UNDP Angola/Cynthia R Matonhodze
It’s vital to incorporate women’s and girls’ needs, realities and demands into finance, trade, debt, governance, technology and innovation. Photo: UNDP Benin/Aude Rossignol
In an interview with the INFF Knowledge Platform, Nabila Aguele, Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, explains how Nigeria is using the INFF process to ensure a systematic gender lens is applied to all national development financing decisions. Video: INFF Knowledge Platform
Photo: UNDP Zambia/Moses Zangar, Jr.
Despite challenges, African countries have emerged as leading advocates for gender-sensitive financing on the continent and around the world. Photo: Shutterstock

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