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New Blog Discussing G2P and Gender in Pakistan and Colombia

BY TEAM MFO - Washington, D.C. April 21, 2016

Having cash on hand at the bank doesn’t necessarily translate to having cash in hand for women in Pakistan. New field research conducted by MFO, in partnership with the Pakistan Microfinance Network and the Centro de Formación Empresarial de la Fundación de Mario Santo Domingo, sheds light on the gender dynamics underlying government-to-person (G2P) transactions in Pakistan in comparison with those in Colombia.

Women are often the intended recipients of government-to-person (G2P) payments around the world, as is the case of Pakistan and Colombia. However, even though the means by which the women receive their G2P payments in each country are similar (through a digital channel using debit cards), the outcomes captured in each country were starkly different. MFO Executive Director Guy Stuart writes about these differences in a new blog, comparing the relatively high control women beneficiaries of G2P payments in Colombia have over how and when they withdraw their money with the low control women in Pakistan have. His analysis raises questions about how G2P payments can be leveraged to increase financial inclusion. To find out more, read on…

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