Inclusive Digital Economies and Gender Equality Playbook

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Inclusive Digital Economies and Gender Equality Playbook


1 hour and 3 minutes

About the Course

Co-produced by the Asian Development Bank Institute and United Nations Capital Development Fund, this course describes common constraints faced by women in developing markets, how technology use can promote gender-inclusive digital economies, and practical solutions for achieving breakthroughs.

The course consists of 4 units:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to United Nations Capital Development Fund and Playbook Orientation (20 minutes)

  • Unit 2: Women’s Skills, Access, and Usage of Infrastructure (18 minutes)

  • Unit 3: Policy and Regulation (12 minutes)

  • Unit 4: Women and Innovation (13 minutes)

Learning Objectives

  • Better understand market challenges faced by women in least developed and emerging economies
  • Highlight digital solutions for building gender-inclusive economic opportunities
  • Detail market approaches for decreasing the digital and financial divide for women and girls
  • Provide a starting point for policy dialogue and development at a country and program-level.

How to Complete this e-Course

  • Watch 4 short video lessons
  • Review open access reading materials
  • Successfully pass quiz with a score of 8/10 or higher
  • Answer feedback questions
  • Certificate with unique ID will be issued upon completion of course requirements


Nandini Harihareswara, Senior Advisor on Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment, United Nations Capital Development Fund


Lilian Tan, E-Learning Consultant, Asian Development Bank Institute

Email: [email protected]

Reading list

UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). 2019. Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era. New York: UNCDF.

UNCDF. 2021. How Do We Make Women Builders of the Digital Economy? 25 February.


UCDF Capital Musings Podcasts on Women’s Economic Empowerment:

Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI). 2020. Advancing Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion. Paris: GPFI.

UNCDF. 2021. Reaching Financial Equality for Women. New York: UNCDF.

UNCDF. 2021. Reaching Financial Equality for Women.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 2021. Overcoming Exclusion in Digital Economies. Paris: OECD.

World Bank. Entrepreneurship Database.

World Bank. 2018. The Global Findex Database 2017. Washington, DC: World Bank.

World Bank. 2021. Addressing Gender Norms to Increase Financial Inclusion: Designing for Impact. Washington, DC: World Bank.

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