Powering Economies by Investing in Women

Women’s World Banking designs and invests in the market-driven financial solutions, institutions, and policy environments in emerging markets to create greater economic stability and prosperity for women, their families and their communities.

COVID-19’s Impact on Underserved Women

Low-income women are disproportionately impacted by economic shocks, and Women’s World Banking will continue to do research and work with financial service providers in response. View our research, insights and articles on how gender inequality influences the economic effects of Covid-19.

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2021 Leadership & Diversity Program for Regulators

Policymakers can be game changers for women’s financial inclusion, yet regulatory bodies face a significant gender gap in representation at senior decision-making levels. This virtual, 16-week global leadership program brings together senior officials from central banks and other regulatory agencies and high-potential women from their respective institutions. Gain leadership skills, inclusive policy knowledge, and an engaging global network.

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Empowering MSMEs: Creating a Better Banking Experience for Women-Led Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in Kenya

One of the most elusive questions in financial inclusion is how to facilitate growth of small businesses—and particularly of women-owned businesses. Women’s World Banking partnered with Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) from 2016 to 2019 to optimize financial and business support services for women-led micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Kenya.

Our research found that providing those MSMEs with tailored financial services alongside business support services has a positive effect on business growth and women’s economic empowerment.

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2019 ANNUAL REPORT

40 Years of Building Financial Parity and Economic Resilience for Women

2019 was a significant year for Women’s World Banking, marking 40th anniversary and continued commitment to building women’s resilience and financial inclusion worldwide. Now building on the success of the last 40 years, we’re looking ahead to continue empowering economies by investing in women’s financial resilience.

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2019 REPORT

Social Commerce Entrepreneurship and New Opportunities for Women’s Financial Inclusion in India and Indonesia

The potential of social commerce to advance women entrepreneurs’ growth and financial inclusion cannot be realized without a deeper understanding of what drives women’s adoption of digital platforms, how women use and perceive them, and how their businesses are changing as a result.

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Women’s World Banking announces renewed funding from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

As the world reels from the Covid-19 pandemic and its subsequent economic fallout, the International Monetary Fund’s data show the economies in Asia and the Pacific shrinking by 2.3% in 2020. While the number of people living in poverty in developing Asia would have declined to 114 million by the end of 2020, Covid-19 reversed this trend. Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has renewed its support of the organization’s longstanding efforts in financial inclusion and economic empowerment of low-income women in Southeast Asia to further our work in Indonesia, Cambodia, and Vietnam over a four-year period.

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CASE STUDY

Removing Barriers to Digital Financial Services for Women in Nigeria & Pakistan

We worked together with partners in Nigeria and Pakistan to identify opportunities and barriers to digital financial service for women. Find out how this research drove strategic recommendations and the new lessons we all learned along the way.

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Designing Products and Developing Institutions to Serve Low-income Women

In order to better serve low-income women in Sub-Saharan Africa with financial products, Women’s World Banking and Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSDA) partnered together to increase the capacity of leading financial institutions in Nigeria, Tanzania and Malawi.

 

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Today our work is more important
and impactful than ever

53 Financial Institutions in 32 Countries use our market insight, product design expertise and leadership training

1000+ Executives from 74 Countries form the next generation of leaders to serve the women's market

30 Million Low-Income Women reached as part of the largest emerging market there is

Women’s World Banking is building a world where women thrive, businesses grow,
and economies prosper.

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Celebrating 40-Years of Financial Inclusion 

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