for Action

Growing Our Influence Through
Action-Oriented Thought Leadership

On April 4, 2019, Women’s World Banking celebrated its 40th anniversary by holding a benefit event in New York to honor our past successes and strengthen relationships with funders and individual supporters. With almost 200 attendees, the night honored important achievements – from our leadership and diversity programs to our research and insights from our work in more than 30 countries. The event served as a powerful reminder of how far we have come and our continued growth.

MFWW Flagship Event and Fintech Challenge

Our annual Making Finance Work for Women (MFWW) Summit took place in Singapore on October 22-23, 2019. The event showcased Women’s World Banking’s experience in the financial inclusion sector and aimed to drive actions that accelerate opportunities for low-income women around the world. The MFWW Summit had over 350 attendees, 74 speakers, 50 Network members, and 60 countries represented. #MFWW2019 was trending on Twitter in Singapore and Summit-related content was viewed over 37,000 times.

Fintech Innovation Challenge

At the MFWW Summit, we launched our inaugural Fintech Innovation Challenge to support Fintechs that are developing solutions to help low-income women build economic security and prosperity. Our finalists, Pula and Aflore, presented their work to a panel of industry expert judges. The two winners advanced as finalists to the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Global Fintech Hackcelerator Demo Day, part of the Singapore Fintech Festival, where Pula was one of the overall winners.


Eighty plus applicants from 34 markets


61% of entrants had women as cofounders and/or on the management team

Events and Speaking Engagements

In 2019, we hosted over 20 events across the globe. From India to Nigeria to Mexico, we convened experts at panel discussions, workshops, roundtables, and webinars, in addition to our 40th Anniversary celebrations and our flagship Making Finance Work for Women Summit. Our team of experts also spoke at 40 conferences and events, including Money20/20, where our CEO and President discussed how to close the gender gap through financial inclusion, as well as two Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) conferences, which allowed us to advocate for women’s financial inclusion.