Around the world, 2 billion people remain unbanked and women lag behind men in terms of access to formal accounts, credit, and savings products. FinEquity, a community of practice to empower women through financial inclusion, is convened by CGAP. It provides facilitated platforms to share experiences, identify key challenges, document and discuss emerging good practices, and solve common problems associated with increasing equitable access to and use of a broad range of financial services. Learn More
Gender analysis examines the differences in the financial lives, needs, and preferences of women and men and should be a key element of any financial inclusion program or product design. Here, we outline some examples that combine different gender analysis tools to better understand the needs of women and design solutions for them.
In the second installment in our Leadership Insights series, Joanna Ledgerwood and Gareth Davies discuss why and what we expect to achieve when it comes to women’s economic empowerment through financial inclusion – that is, where are we going, how do we get there, and how do we know when we’ve arrived?
Emily Akoth, Gender and Inclusion Specialist for Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR) sat down with us to discuss how social norms influence the financial behavior of women and market actors, the importance of designing women-centric products and services, influencing market actors to think responsively about the needs of women and much more.
Our #FinEquity2023 Annual Meeting of the global FinEquity community convened by CGAP will bring together the community to talk about why and how a relentless focus on women is needed in times of increasing climatic stress—women are the first victims of climate change, and they have a crucial part to play in a fairer climate transition.
The November 2022 newsletter included a number of updates, including the announcement of our #FinEquity2023 annual meeting, recaps of two FinEquity webinars from October, a new Member Spotlight with Emily Akoth of AFR, a monthly round-up of WEE and WFI content our team has been enjoying and more.
This workshop gave us the opportunity to dig into a few resources featured in our recent Gender Data and Analysis Guide. We were joined by the Financial Alliance for Women, a network of financial organizations dedicated to championing the female economy, advocates for focusing on the women’s market by quantifying the market opportunity and financial benefits for financial service providers in, Global Business Case Tool for Financial Services Providers. We also heard examples of how good gender data and analysis can help FSPs to understand the women’s market and to understand whether they are achieving product goals related to outreach and usage.
The Diagnostic Guidance is intended for funders and facilitators who support women’s financial inclusion efforts and who want to gain behavioral insights into the uptake and usage of financial services among women.
This report explores the challenges and opportunities to achieve equitable and inclusive participation in the digital economy, particularly to create or enhance livelihood opportunities.
This Replication Guide shares an overview of a proven, evidence-based solution to a specific development challenge, and then provides steps on how to replicate it with a goal to increase the digital financial capabilities and decision-making skills of women.