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Grameen Foundation to launch WomenLink II in India and the Philippines

Grameen Foundation is proud to announce WomenLink II, a renewed partnership with Wells Fargo to catalyze economic empowerment through the breakthrough use of digital financial services among poor and low-income women.  During its initial year of operation, WomenLink II will scale up training and use of digital financial services by tens of thousands of women in India and the Philippines. It builds on Grameen Foundation’s work for WomenLink Phase I, supported by Wells Fargo in India and Colombia.

Nutrition at the Center: Client Outcomes of the Rajasthan Nutrition Project

This report documents the final client outcomes from a pre-/post-test assessment completed during the Rajasthan Nutrition Project (RNP). RNP’s goal was to improve household nutrition, particularly among pregnant and lactating women and children, and aimed specifically improve breastfeeding rates, use of ORS to treat diarrhea, linkages to local health services and household food security. The results suggest that all targets were met, if not exceeded. Gender dynamics, as measured by mobility and decision-making power, also improved during the project period.

Factors Associated with Accessing Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme Among Women in Rural Rajasthan, India

The purpose of this study was to assess the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme centre usage among women in rural Rajasthan and characteristics of households accessing these centres. The findings suggest that in rural Rajasthan, the majority of individuals access ICDS centres, especially supplementary food services. While supplementary food services can be effective in reducing childhood undernutrition, ICDS services in this region may consider increasing focus on other cost-effective and underutilized services, including breastfeeding education.

Who Breastfeeds Among Women Living in Tribal Communities in Rural Rajasthan, India?

While breastfeeding is culturally accepted in India, exclusive breastfeeding rates remain low, especially as the infant increases in age. This paper, developed using baseline data from the Rajasthan Nutrition Project, assesses the factors that influence whether women breastfeed initially and exclusively for six months. Findings from this paper suggest that breastfeeding rates are suboptimal, possibly as a result of food insecurity, financial status, and autonomy.

Decoding Bank Account Usage by Low Income Segments: Placing Reality in Digital Ecosystem

Policy innovations and the integration of digital technology are prompting a transformation of the financial services sector in India. But although hundreds of thousands of new accounts have been opened, a significant proportion remain un- or under-used. Grameen Foundation India and J.P. Morgan analyze why and what can be done to ensure low-income people are fully included in the financial system.

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