A woman in Jaisalmer, India, uses her mobile phone

New data shows 8 in 10 women worldwide own a mobile phone, but phone ownership alone doesn't lead to financial inclusion.

A gender analysis of CGAP's smallholder surveys points to how financial solutions can better meet the needs of women.

Ugandan smallholder

Interactive dashboards make it easy to explore data from CGAP's national smallholder household surveys.

What exactly are PAYGo solar companies? How can investors evaluate them? Learn more in this joint CGAP-IFC paper.


About CGAP

The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor is a global partnership of more than 30 leading organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion. CGAP develops innovative solutions through practical research and active engagement with financial service providers, policy makers, and funders to enable approaches at scale. Housed at the World Bank, CGAP combines a pragmatic approach to responsible market development with an evidence-based advocacy platform to increase access to the financial services the poor need to improve their lives.


April 9, 2018
This Brief explores the gender gap in financial inclusion among smallholder families in Tanzania and Mozambique through unique survey data that allow for a nationally representative look at smallholders.
April 9, 2018
New data show that 81 percent of women worldwide own a mobile phone. Although large gender gaps in mobile phone ownership persist in certain countries, mobile phones are more ubiquitous among women than are financial accounts.

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