This systematic review by Duvendack and Mader assessed the evidence on economic, social, behavioural and gender-related outcomes from financial inclusion interventions. Overall, the effects of financial services on core economic poverty indicators, such as incomes, assets or spending, and on health status and other social outcomes, are small and inconsistent. The effects of financial services on women’s empowerment appear to be generally positive, but they depend upon programme features that are often only peripheral or unrelated to the financial service itself (e.g. education about rights), cultural and geographical context, and which aspects of empowerment are considered.
The authors of this systematic review assess the effects of gender-specific and transformative interventions on women’s empowerment and gender equality in fragile and conflict-affected states and their contribution to building peaceful and inclusive societies.
In this review, Sonnenfeld and colleagues synthesise evidence on programmes that promote intergroup social cohesion as a means of supporting sustainable peace in fragile communities in low- and middle-income countries.
In this review, Moore and colleagues synthesise available evidence on the effectiveness of electricity interventions on socio-economic outcomes for households, firms and communities in low- and middle- income countries.
This review by Snilsveit and colleagues examines evidence from 18 economic incentives-based payment for environmental services programmes to understand the effectiveness on environmental and socio-economic outcomes.