DP2017/8 Gender Challenges to Financial Inclusion in Papua New Guinea

DPA Discussion Paper

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Richard Eves, Asha Titus

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Discussion paper

This paper draws on research undertaken in 2015 among coffee smallholders in Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea (PNG), focusing specifically on some of the challenges faced by women coffee farmers in accessing financial services.

Considering the importance given to financial inclusion in women’s economic empowerment programming by donors and other development practitioners, this research highlights that attention is needed to increase women’s literacy and numeracy. However, other factors play an important part, such as local gender norms which constrain women’s decision-making and movements.

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