A structured participatory capacity strengthening workshop to enhance the capacity of the leadership of thirty women micro financial organizations on informed and heightened use of web 2.0 technologies, mobile phones and mobile applications to expand women’s access to financial services in Lagos.
Participants will create and maintain blogs; Twitter and Facebook pages to tell their stories, advocate for increased access to financial services.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
In Nigeria, women form nearly 50% of a population that is under very heavy socio-economic pressures. Women's poverty in Nigeria is further heightened by limited or lack of access to information and information communication technologies.
To strengthen their capacity to use citizen media to tell their stories and advocate for their socio-economic rights, link them to global resources and partnerships
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Integrate existing financial services in these communities.
Innovate on the traditional informal financial services
Promote partnership opportunities with all financial services stakeholders in the communities
Design products and services specifically for these groups
Foster a formal savings culture amongst female micro entrepreneurs
Organize cooperatives along gender lines, age groups, same enterprises
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
Financial services institutions in Nigeria
Global financial services institutions
Women's socio-economic rights organizations at local and global levels
United Nations Women
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
At least thirty women drawn from the leadership of women's micro financial institutions in Lagos.
By organizing the women and their organizations into a network
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Books on women's access to micro financial services
Links to opportunities for collaboration
Centre for Policy and Development (PolDeC)