Women’s World Banking’s Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes a microfinance institution within the Women’s World Banking’s network that demonstrates:

  • a commitment to gender diversity,
  • principled leadership, and
  • excellence in financial and social performance.

The Award celebrates and promotes the strong synergies among these three institutional priorities, which are core to the Women’s World Banking’s network.

Women’s World Banking is proud to award  its 2012 Excellence in Leadership Award to Shakti. Women’s World Banking believes that high-caliber leadership and gender diversity are essential for microfinance institutions to succeed in implementing their missions. The Excellence in Leadership Award is administered by Women’s World Banking’s Leadership and Diversity Programs, which strive to develop principled leaders and gender-diverse microfinance institutions. The award, presented in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, is granted to a microfinance institution that demonstrates significant commitment to and achievements in promoting women’s leadership and gender diversity among its staff.

Through the award, Women’s World Banking hopes to inspire transformation in the microfinance industry by shifting the perception of gender diversity from an elective initiative to a fundamental requirement for sound and sustainable institutions.

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