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.


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


Join the Making Finance Work for Women Thought Leadership Series

There has never been a more crucial time to continue convening as a global community and sharing insights into women’s economic empowerment. The Making Finance Work for Women Thought Leadership Series provides a continuous deep dive into Women’s World Banking’s research, expertise and upcoming projects while providing a platform for you to engage on these urgent topics. Join the next event on August 18th.


Women Advancing Leadership: Strategies to Accelerate Performance

This 10-week virtual leadership program is for Women’s World Banking’s Women in Leadership program alumnae from regulatory agencies and financial service providers who are now serving in senior roles, and other women senior managers looking to enhance their leadership impact. Participants gather for live online sessions such as emotional intelligence, influence and persuasion, mapping power dynamics, motivating teams and leading change. Participating leaders will gain self-awareness of their unique leadership contribution and chart a path forward. Apply by August 31st.


Designing Digital Payments for Mexican Women Entrepreneurs

Mexico’s 6.3 million micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) generate nearly half of Mexico’s GDP and employ 37% of the workforce. Of MSMEs, 94.2% are microenterprises, and over half of these are women-owned or women-led. Despite this segment’s dominance in the economy, the majority of MSMEs transactions are still cash-based. We set out to understand why MSMEs have not shown widespread digital finance adoption in Mexico and to better understand Mexican women entrepreneurs’ pain points and the financial ecosystem in which they operate.


Leadership as a Driver of Innovative Financial Services for Women

Over the last six years, we have supported leaders of financial service providers (FSPs) through our Leadership & Diversity for Innovation Program (LDIP). The LDIP seeks to develop the skills of senior executives and high-potential women leaders to enable them to successfully serve low-income women while charting a path for more diverse leadership within the institution. This report addresses the question of what factors led to the success or failure of the initiative to enhance women’s financial inclusion.


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.


40 Years of Building Financial Parity and Economic Resilience for Women

2019 was a significant year for Women’s World Banking, marking our 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.


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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and economies prosper.

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