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Empowering women and marginalised groups to take advantage of development opportunities

Women and marginalised groups face a number of challenges in fully participating in developing opportunities. These relate to traditional gender roles, unequal access to education, social organization and distribution of labour, social stigma, etc. 

How could digital technologies provide a solution to this challenge?

Digital technologies can help overcome this challenge by flattening social organization and providing knowledge and access to opportunities, which may otherwise not be available. See this fascinating recent article on the use of WhatsApp by women in Nigeria: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/...24.2018.1509490

Elena Gadjanova 1 month ago

One of the biggest improvements appears to be the ability of women to hold elected representatives accountable over WhatsApp; women's participation in politics is often circumscribed by traditional gender roles (they are unable to attend political meetings or campaign rallies, for example); ICTs can effectively create additional pathways for information and access.

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Davis Ntwiga 1 month ago

@Elena. This idea can be linked with the one I posted on financial inclusivity among women groups.

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Davis Ntwiga 1 month ago

Am linking ideas that can share a platform with mine to increase the scope and scale of the application.

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Elena Gadjanova 1 month ago

Great idea.

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Charles Clerck 1 month ago

Not exactly a direct link but on a similar idea is this post - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) for social inclusion https://ukri.crowdicity.com/post/831240

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Josephine Muchogu 1 month ago

Hi Elena,
I can attest that ICTs, specifically whatsapp DO create additional pathways for information and access for women and CAN increase the participation of women in certain arenas. I am a member of a couple of whatsapp forums (Women in the Built Environment and Women in Academia) where information and opportunities are made (more) accessible.

In addition to providing knowledge and access to opportunities, perhaps there is a need to consider and assess the psycho-social dynamics that prevent women and marginalised groups from participating in development opportunities. In Kenya, opportunities (funding and business support) provided by the government to the women and youth through the Women Enterprise Fund and the Youth Enterprise Development Fund seem to have fallen short of their intended impact, despite a concerted effort to avail on a digital platform that is publicly accessible.

http://www.wef.co.ke/
http://www.youthfund.go.ke/

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Elena Gadjanova 1 month ago

Thank you, this is a really important point. I am really curious - what do you think are some factors that have prevented women from taking full advantage of the digital opportunities available?

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Josephine Muchogu 1 month ago

I cannot authoritatively or conclusively state the reason, but I have been in some forums where the following have been highlighted:
-structural requirements (enterprises must have women as majority shareholders - many women are being fronted as majority shareholders in enterprises, which are still being run by men at the back end)
-business inexperience (when conducting their due diligence, the financial institutions -disbursing the funds have expressed concern about the lack of grounding in sound business practices of the recipients)
-the uptake has been higher among middle to high income earners, as opposed to their lower income counterparts

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Josephine Muchogu 1 month ago

Hi Davis,
I have had a look at your post on Machine Learning to Enhance Financial Inclusivity among Low Income Women Groups.
I am a member of a "Chama"; I have in my networks, a self-help group (men and women) that has been utilising their little daily savings to carry out informal settlement upgrading.
I would be very interested in exploring how machine learning can be incorporated in, and improve these undertakings.

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Charles Clerck 2 weeks ago

Status label added: 1st Submission Idea

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