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Co-funded by the European Union

Institutional gender mainstreaming and strengthening of gender-lens investing activities in the Federated States of Micronesia


Federated States of Micronesia


Access to Finance, Small and Medium Enterprises and Start-Ups, Women's Economic Empowerment






There is a high proportion of informal women-led micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Federated States of Micronesia. Formalisation of these women-led MSMEs is made difficult because of existing restrictions to accessing commercial finance, partially due to the level of financial literacy and level of asset ownership among women.


The Federated States of Micronesia Development Bank (FSMDB) has requested support from the ICR Facility to review and improve how the institution is currently approaching gender in all of its operations. FSMDB offers a range of services, covering business loans, consumer loans and home energy loans.


The ICR Facility is providing tailor-made technical assistance to FSMDB to strengthen its internal gender operations and client-facing gender-lens investing activities, to ultimately better promote gender equitable development in its mandate to provide all banking functions to stimulate growth and accelerate private sector development.


This intervention comprises two main areas of support:

  1. Institutional gender mainstreaming. FSMDB will capture its current institutional progress with regards to gender, including both internal aspects, for example HR, and client-facing measures, for example the design of products and services. FSMDB will establish a plan to tackle the existing gaps.
  2. Amending the Management Information System (MIS) to become gender-responsive. Capturing, reporting and evaluating impactful data is a vital step in being able to better tailor services to reach more women as clients. FSMDB will transform its current MIS to better incorporate crucial data and set key performance indicators.


Upon completion of this intervention, FSMDB will have:

  • Conducted an institutional gender assessment
  • Developed a gender policy, gender strategy, and action plan
  • Amended the existing MIS to become gender-responsive
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