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Country Overview: Nicaragua

#1

Gender Gap Index ranking (LATAM)(WEF, 2023)

#7

Gender Gap Index ranking (Global) (WEF, 2023)

51%

Female population (World Bank, 2023)

48.05%

Labor force participation rate (WEF, 2023)

82,4%
Female EAP population in the informal sector (WEF, 2023)
45%
Female vulnerable employment (% of female employment) (World Bank, 2023)
5.8%
Female unemployment (WEF, 2023)
99%
MSME Participation in the Economy (World Bank, 2020)
35.80%
Firms with female majority ownership (WEF, 2021)
USD 398M
MSMEs finance gap (IFC, 2017)
27%
Firms with female top managers (WEF, 2023)
21,6%
Women who own a bank account or have a digital financial provider (World Bank, 2021)

Possible challenges in gender mainstreaming and gender lens investing

Difficulty finding companies that meet GLI criteria to invest

Lack of internal capacity to develop frameworks with a gender perspective for the portfolio of investments and projects

Lack of encouragement within the financial/investment ecosystem to prioritize investment with a gender perspective

Main financial access barriers

High costs

Time-consuming processes

Excessive requirements

Lack of information

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