A global community to advance women’s financial inclusion

Globally, 2 billion people remain unbanked and women lag behind men in terms of access to formal accounts, credit and savings products. FinEquity, a global community to advance women's 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.

Our members include researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and donors around the world working on financial inclusion in promoting economic empowerment for women.

FinEquity's steering committee consists of a core group of “champions” who guide our goals and strategy, outlined in our charter. Champions also help to implement an overarching work plan. Working Groups convene by theme and determine how to address knowledge gaps, as well as enhance collaboration among members in assigned themes. 

Read this primer to get answers to frequently asked questions, and learn more about all the different ways that you can engage with us. We look forward to your participation!


Tamara Cook is the CEO of FSD Kenya (Financial Sector Deepening Trust). An inclusive finance generalist, Tamara spent a decade working with CGAP before moving to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and then onto FSD Kenya.


Lelemba Phiri is the Principal at the Africa Trust Group, which takes a holistic approach to investing in early-stage women businesses. She is also a director and shareholder for Zoona, an African mobile payments business, and of the Africa Trust Academy, a coaching and consulting company focused on leadership and entrepreneurship development and financial literacy.


Jhale Hajiyeva is the Executive Director of the Azerbaijan Micro-Finance Association, which is dedicated to strengthening the capacity of micro-finance institutions, and promoting effective collective action to support the interests of the micro-finance community and its clients.


Laura Fernández Lord heads Women’s Economic Empowerment at BBVA Microfinance Foundation (BBVAMF). BBVAMF promotes sustainable and inclusive economic and social development for people under vulnerable conditions, paying special attention to women entrepreneurs by providing financial education, technical training and access to networks that allow them to discover financial products and services adapted to their needs.


Join us Tuesday November 5 10:00 EST for a discussion with IDEO.org about their new "Women and Money" study, based on over 400 interviews in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Tanzania.

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October Newsletter

We look at member events in Southeast Asia, share what we're reading, what our members are doing, events we are looking forward to and more.


While a lot of attention has been paid to social norms in health and gender-based violence programming as an important factor that drives behavior, there is less attention paid to the role of social norms in influencing economic behavior in financial inclusion efforts.

In this webinar with Ben Cislaghi from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) provided an overview of the key concepts in social norms theory and how they can inform potential pathways for change for women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment.


FinEquity's 2019 Annual Member Meeting was held on October 21 at the Pan Pacific hotel in Singapore.