Governments play a central role in breaking down barriers to financial inclusion by implementing laws and policies that reduce inequalities and boost economic growth. However, less than 35% of countries have a national financial inclusion strategy.
Governments stand to benefit from promoting women’s financial inclusion via policy and regulatory reforms. A strategic focus on women has the potential to expand markets, spark economic progress, and improve health and education outcomes.In 2021, Women’s World Banking engaged 57 financial policymakers and regulatory agencies across 39 countries, creating enabling environments for women.
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Examples of our work
We provide support to the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Communities of Practice, focused on implementation of the Nigeria Framework for Advancing Women’s Financial Inclusion, and in Mexico we worked with regulators on a survey of financial institutions on their efforts to promote women’s financial inclusion.
We work closely with the Indonesia Government on promoting gender sensitive economic policies, and in India we are pleased to be contributing to the Government’s Business Correspondent working group to increase the number of women agents.