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!


Glory Sunarto is Program Manager, Mobile Financial Services for Female Entrepreneurs at Mercy Corps, IndonesiaShe has over 15 years of multicultural experience, focusing on community development programs, financial inclusion, and digital financial services. In this interview Mercy discusses the challenges and opportunities of teaching financial inclusion.

Member Blog

Mercy Wachira is the Digital Innovation and Implementation Lead for BRAC International Microfinance. Mercy was awarded a #FinEquity2019 scholarship and provided this excellent round-up.

Member Participation

Aneth Kasebele, Digital Financial Services Policy Consultant at United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Rwanda, participated in the 'Women and the Platform Economy' panel at the African Development Bank’s Global Gender Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, 25-27 November 2019 on behalf of FinEquity.

New ALC community!

It is with great pleasure that we invite our members active in women’s financial inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean (ALC) to join our newly launched Dgroups for the region. The launch of the discussion group is part of our FinEquityALC initiative: together with our partners, we hope to foster member engagement in Spanish and English on topics particular to the region. Thanks to our partners at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, IDRC, Fundacion Capital, and BBVA, we are lining up interesting content and discussions, and look forward to supplementing it with insights from all of you!

December Newsletter

December highlights; a selection of articles, books, and reports that got us thinking in 2019; and some events to look forward to in early 2020.


In this engaging webinar recorded Tuesday, November 5, FinEquity’s technology working group lead, Katie Highet, leads a discussion with Mary Katika, IDEO.org’s Program Director for Women & Money about the findings in IDEO.org’s latest publication: Insights and a Path to Close the Gender Gap, which examines women’s use of Digital Financial Services (DFS), with an emphasis on cash-in-cash-out (CICO) transactions across India, Nigeria, Northern Kenya, Tanzania, and Bangladesh.


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.