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19 June 2018
Ugandan woman sewing
Many countries with significant funding for women’s financial inclusion are seeing a widening gender gap. What does this mean for funders?
28 February 2018
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Carpet weaver in India
Gallup data shows that 81 percent of women worldwide own a mobile phone. Yet regions with high ownership rates have some of the lowest rates of women's financial inclusion.
03 August 2017
Spearfishing in Malaysia
Changing gender norms doesn't mean empowering women at the expense of men. When women have a voice in financial decisions, it can benefit the entire household.
22 June 2017
Tanzanian smallholder farmer Jaconda Chengula sits atop her maize harvest.
National surveys in Mozambique and Tanzania show that women in agriculture do not diversify their incomes as much as men do. Equal access to financial services could help women to generate new sources of income.
08 March 2017
Woman sewing, Uganda
Four in 10 women and girls around the world are excluded from the formal financial system. Restrictive social norms are one major factor that limits women's financial inclusion. Here's why norms matter.
13 February 2017
Woman harvests chilis, Bangladesh
From restrictive cultural norms to less access to technology, women around the world face unique challenges in gaining access to formal financial services.
12 January 2017
Woman holds child in marigold field, India
What does women's economic empowerment look like? Increasingly, researchers and practitioners are focusing on two parallel approaches: Alleviating the symptoms of social and gender norms to enhance access to finance, and potentially changing prevailing gender norms themselves.
14 December 2016
Woman and goat in field, India
Ensuring that women have access to formal financial services can help to address many of the economic gaps between men and women worldwide. World Bank Group's Gender Strategy puts women’s economic empowerment—and the financial services necessary to achieve it—high on the agenda.
13 September 2016
Women in Pakistan
Pakistan has the second worst gender gap in the world, an imbalance reflected in the country’s financial inclusion numbers. What are the specific causes of women's financial exclusion, and what are potential solutions?
02 June 2016
Women weaving a mat in India | Somenath Mukhopadhyay, 2012 CGAP Photo Contest
Growth of the self-help group movement in India has slowed in the past five years. How can challenges be overcome to improve and revitalize these programs?


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