Business Transforming Development

How strong gender strategies can benefit companies — IFC report

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By Sophie Edwards

The International Finance Corporation looks at nine case studies drawn from client firms that have introduced gender strategies across their value chains, including designing banking products for women, combating gender-based violence, taking lessons from female entrepreneurs and hiring women into nontraditional roles.

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Q&A: A private sector 'productivity tool' to eliminate poverty is catching on around the world

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