Apply for the UNCDF’s SHIFT Challenge Fund for Women’s Economic Empowerment!

Deadline: 15 April 2016

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is seeking applications from women for its Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) Challenge Fund.

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SHIFT seeks to advance economic empowerment and market participation for low-income consumers, microenterprises and SMEs, with a specific focus on women, by unlocking access to financial services.

The theme of the Programme is “Fostering innovative business models for women’s financial inclusion”

Grant Information

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The Challenge Fund will award up to US$1.8 million in matching grants to projects offering either an innovative approach or scaling-up an existing approach for financial service delivery to women in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Eligibility criteria

  • The workshops are open to all applicants preparing an Expression of Interest.
  • Licensed financial institutions (Banks and non-banks financial institutions, including State-owned commercial banks or other stateowned financial institutions), registered financial services providers and companies from all sectors or the economy are eligible.
  • Each proposal should address financial services provision for women.
  • All proposals must meet the current national regulatory requirements.
  • The lead applicant should have a minimum of three year of operations and statutory account(s).
  • Applicants may be registered in CLMV or foreign, provided the project benefits women’s financial inclusion in CLMV.
  • Individuals cannot apply.

How to Apply

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Applicants must download the EOI application form via given website.

For more information, please visit Challenge Fund 2016.