Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT)

The SHIFT programme advances women’s economic empowerment and market participation by unlocking financial markets and integrating women-centric strategies in growing inclusive enterprises.

Financial Inclusion
Women Empowerment

Finance for Women Economic Empowerment (FIWEE)

Financial inclusion can lead to the economic empowerment of women in powerful ways. UNCDF sees women as actors in—rather than beneficiaries of—change processes, recognizing their role as entrepreneurs, employees and consumers.

Financial Inclusion
Women Empowerment

Inclusive and Equitable Local Development (IELD)

The initiative is a global programme of UNCDF, UNDP, and UN Women, with the aim of supporting local governments to design, plan, implement and sustain local investments that take into consideration the differentiated and specific needs and priorities of poor women and men, with a particular emphasis on Transformative Impact Financing (TIF), an innovative approach to unlock domestic capital, for public and private infrastructure projects, which can have a transformative impact on women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship.

Infrastructure
Services
Women Empowerment

Finance for Food (F4F)

The programme has been conceived to provide solutions for local FSN in LDCs through increased public, public-private and community investments to fill missing links in global food security interventions. The innovative nature of the programme is in ensuring that local food systems are improved through strategic investments and in a holistic, systematic and gender-sensitive manner at local level. The goal is to ensure more effective food security interventions coordinated through local governments. These governments have increasing responsibilities for local development and service provision and land and resources use.

Food Security

CleanStart

Each year, the poor spend $37 billion on poor-quality energy solutions to meet their lighting and cooking needs. In both urban and rural areas, the upfront costs of purchasing or using cleaner energy are high for the poor, leading to underdeveloped markets and weak supply chains.

Green Economy
Financial Inclusion

Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL)

Local authorities of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are in a unique position to identify the climate change adaptation responses that best meet local needs, and have the mandate to undertake the small- to medium-sized adaptation investments required for building climate resilience.

Green Economy
Climate Finance

YouthStart Global

The world is experiencing the biggest youth bulge in history with 1.2 billion youth, with nearly 90 percent living in developing countries.

Financial Inclusion
Youth Empowerment

Municipal Investment Finance (MIF)

The programme aims to address the severe shortfall of infrastructure and services especially in the secondary cities of LDCs, where the problem is compounded by growing urbanization and migration.

Infrastructure
Services
Municipal Investment

Local Finance Initiative (LFI)

A key challenge in LDCs is to unlock domestic private resources to fund local infrastructure and services that have substantive impact on local economic development (LED).

Infrastructure
Services

Local Cross Border Development Initiative (LOBI) and Local Transformative and Uplifting Solutions (LOTUS)

Cross-border cooperation is crucial for peace, stability and increased economic development in many cross-border zones, where social, cultural and economic ties are intense and result in active and dynamic movements of people and resources across borders.

Infrastructure
Services

Making Access to Financial Services Possible (MAP)

MAP is a multi-country financial diagnostic programme that, by providing data at the country level, offers a powerful platform to encourage private sector investments in expanding financial inclusion, by supporting critical market data-driven investment decisions and establishing an enabling environment to incentivize those investments.

Financial Inclusion

Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P)

Over half of the 2 billion unbanked have access to mobile phones, but due to lower incomes and economic activity, and poorer infrastructure and regulatory environments, banks and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have not invested in these services in LDCs.

Financial Inclusion
Mobile Banking
Digital Finance

MicroLead

Traditional banking continues to struggle to provide low-cost financial services to low-income clients in rural areas. Informal savings clubs, ROSCAs, ASCAs, tontines, etc. continue to be used, especially by remote rural communities.

Financial Inclusion
Savings