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Making the Case for Gender Data in Financial Inclusion

FinEquity Gender Data Brief

The FinEquity Gender Data Brief is primarily designed for decision makers, program staff and performance monitoring and evaluation units of stakeholders supporting financial inclusion. It highlights how, as a component of gender data, sex-disaggregated data, can support women’s financial inclusion and summarizes the use case for policy and regulation, discusses applications for program design, monitoring and evaluation, as well as product design.

This brief follows from FinEquity’s Data Bootcamp on gender analytics and the role of sex-disaggregated data in defining and promoting women’s financial inclusion, building on insights gleaned during the training, and incorporating developments in data since that time. FinEquity developed this brief in collaboration with Data2X and FinMark Trust, bringing together component parts of the gender data narrative into a singular primer.

What is Gender Data The global gender gap in account ownership has remained unchanged at 7 percentage points since 2011 and there is an estimated US$1.7 trillion finance gap for women-owned micro-, small- and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) in emerging economies. This paper provides an overview of how gender data collection and analysis can help with narrowing these gender gaps and enable key stakeholders to achieve their full potential in serving women.

Collecting financial inclusion gender data is a key step in gender analysis. The analysis of how gender relations affect development outcomes is essential to uncover who is excluded, what products are being used by whom and what are the development impacts of financial inclusion interventions; how the financial needs of women differ from those of men; and why products need to be adapted accordingly.

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