We base our work on research and experience in empowering women and girls to realise their own social and economic wellbeing, as they define it themselves.
In collaboration with our Women’s Research, Advocacy and Policy (WRAP) team at Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, we recently released our report, Economic Abuse in New Zealand: Towards an understanding and response. The report found that the issue is widespread and the impacts are long-lasting, so there is much work to be done across sectors to improve the way we respond to the issue.
An interim report by Malatest International, Outcomes evaluation of the Community Finance Initiative, confirms that Community Finance loans can have a range of positive impacts for people accessing them, including increased financial capability.
Our work in building New Zealanders' financial capability and security also builds on the knowledge and experience of our wider network, including Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and Good Shepherd Microfinance. This includes the following publications:
- Pathways to resilience – The impact of financial conversations on the financial capability of NILS applicants
- Life-changing chats - The impact of the financial conversation on StepUP applicants' financial literacy and capability
- Economic security for survivors of domestic and family violence: understanding and measuring the impact
- Restoring financial safety: legal responses to economic abuse
- Life-changing loans at no interest
- StepUP loan program: a little help goes a long way
- Economic abuse: searching for solutions
- Women and payday lending