How to Make Financial Inclusion Work for Women

This series on gender and finance will provide an overview of some of the key themes that affect the financial inclusion of women today. Featuring views from leading experts and practitioners, it will highlight the important role that financial services can play in the economic empowerment of women. The series will discuss challenges in achieving gender equality in financial inclusion – but will also showcase new ideas, tools and resources that support inclusive financial services with a focus on women.

A woman works in a stall in Nigeria
20 December 2013
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In Nigeria, Diamond Bank is using customer insights to design and market a new savings product for women.
27 November 2013
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This blog discusses what role policy makers and regulators can play to advance financial inclusion for women in Africa.
A woman fishes with a net in the ocean
17 October 2013
Ujjivan Financial Services is using data to measure how well they are actually serving women as both clients and staff. Social outcomes are one key indicator they are measuring.
A grandmother works at painting globes while holding a child
03 October 2013
The Gender Performance Initiative (GPI) evaluates how effectively MFIs are serving women to ultimately build the business case that women are valuable customers and employees, as well as catalysts for social and economic change.
A woman works at her small tofu shop
30 September 2013
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Across the globe, the share of women who become entrepreneurs is significantly below that of men. Access to formal finance remains a major obstacle for women looking to grow their businesses.