Gateway Guide to Women’s Financial Inclusion

Date Published: 
Mar 2018

Exploring the latest Gateway resources on gender and women’s empowerment

Women's savings group in Madagascar. Photo credit: Christoper Wilton-Steer, 2017 CGAP Photo Contest.

Women's savings group in Madagascar. Photo credit: Christoper Wilton-Steer, 2017 CGAP Photo Contest.

Women's savings group in Madagascar. Photo credit: Christoper Wilton-Steer, 2017 CGAP Photo Contest.

In the past two years since we published our previous Gateway Guide on the topic, numerous publications have been released which delve further into the topic of women’s financial inclusion as we continue to learn more and more. In this Gateway Guide we present you with the most recent library resources in this area - on digital financial services for women, policies for promoting women’s financial inclusion, reviews of impact evaluations on women’s empowerment initiatives, and client research on what women really want from their financial service providers.


From the Women’s Financial Inclusion Community of Practice:


    Quiz: Gateway Quiz: Exploring Women’s Financial Inclusion Data (Mar 2017)
    1. Mobile Technologies and Digitized Data to Promote Access to Finance for Women in Agriculture
    Taking stock and analyzing digital financial services targeted to female farmers
    Dec 2017, World Bank
    2. Gender and Digital Financial Inclusion: What Do We Know and What Do We Need to Know?
    Overview of the current body of evidence on women’s access and usage of financial services
    Oct 2017, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
    3. Using Your Data to Drive Growth in Mobile Money Services: The Mobile Money Customer Journey with a Gender Lens
    How can mobile financial service providers better target women?
    Dec 2016, GSMA
    1. Bridging the Gender Gap: Promoting Women’s Financial Inclusion
    Guidance on tackling challenges in achieving gender parity in financial inclusion
    Aug 2017, Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI)
    2. Integrating Gender and Women’s Financial Inclusion Into National Strategies
    Guidance for policymakers and regulators on narrowing the financial inclusion gender gap
    Feb 2017, Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI)
    3. Social Norms Change for Women’s Financial Inclusion
    Taking social norms into consideration when designing women’s financial inclusion initiatives
    Jul 2017, CGAP
    1. Gender Matters in Economic Empowerment Interventions: A Research Review
    Analysis of evaluation evidence on women's financial services and training interventions
    May 2017, Center for Global Development
    2. Women’s Economic Empowerment Through Financial Inclusion: A Review of Existing Evidence and Remaining Knowledge Gaps
    What do we know about the impact of different financial products on outcomes for women?
    Mar 2017, Innovations for Poverty Action
    1. The Paradox of Gender-Neutral Banking
    Making the case for a gender-intelligent business model
    Oct 2016, Global Banking Alliance for Women (GBA)
    2. A Buck Short: What Financial Diaries Tell Us About Building Financial Services That Matter to Low-Income Women
    Why do women in emerging markets access and use formal financial services less than men?
    Oct 2016, Bankable Frontier Associates, Omidyar Network
    1. Banking on Women: Gender Intelligence for Banks - Moving the Needle on Gender Equality
    Analyzing the impact of a Pakistani bank's Gender Intelligence Training Program
    Aug 2017, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
    2. Guide to Increasing Women’s Financial Inclusion in Bangladesh Through Digital Financial Services
    How can organizations improve women’s use of digital financial services?
    Aug 2017, USAID, FHI 360
    3. Remittances as a Driver of Women's Financial Inclusion in the Mekong Region
    Identifying innovative solutions to cross-border payments and tailored financial products
    Jun 2017, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

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