Women's Financial Inclusion Community of Practice

Globally, 2 billion people remain unbanked and women lag behind men in terms of access to formal accounts, credit and savings products. The Community of Practice on Women’s Financial Inclusion (COP) provides CGAP facilitated platforms to share experiences, identify key challenges, document and discuss emerging good practices, and solve common problems associated with increasing equitable access to and use of a broad range of financial services.

Our members include researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and donors around the world working on financial inclusion in promoting economic empowerment for women.

The COP’s steering committee consists of a core group of “champions” who guide our goals and strategy, outlined in our charter. Champions also help to implement an overarching work plan of the COP. Working Groups convene by theme and determine how to address knowledge gaps, as well as enhance collaboration among members in assigned themes. The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) facilitates the community of practice.

Read this primer to get answers to frequently asked questions, and learn more about all the different ways that you can engage with our COP. We look forward to your participation!

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Meet Stephen Pirozzi

Stephen Pirozzi is Sr. Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in the Finance, Competitiveness, & Innovation (FCI) Practice of the World Bank Group, in Washington, DC.   He serves at the Gender Lead for FCI’s global operations.  Part of Steve’s role is to assist project teams to develop an understanding of how they may identify and address gender gaps using FCI’s broad range of financial sector products and interventions. His work also includes helping teams develop robust results measurement strategies so they can accurately measure and describe project development effects. Steve serves as both a champion of the COP, and as a co-chair of the data & measurement working group. Steve joined the WBG in 2007 as a Senior Evaluation Officer with the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) where he focused on evaluating the financial and development effects of investment and technical assistance and advisory projects.

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The 2018 AFI Global Policy Forum (GPF) will be held in Sochi, Russia - the first in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. The 2018 GPF will provide a platform to showcase the latest innovations in technology, progress made in financial inclusion and its impact in paving the way for greater financial access for the unbanked population, particularly the rural poor and women.

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In addition to our LinkedIn Group, the COP recently launched a Twitter account to keep our members informed about upcoming webinars, events and publications. Please follow us @WFIChampions.

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The newly launched WE3 Dashboard uses over seventy publicly-available indicators to focus on five priority or pillar areas. Financial inclusion practitioners can use it to get quick data insights to steer their programming. 

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This paper, produced by cenfri in partnership with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), explores the effectiveness of various behavioural interventions that could reasonably be applied by financial services providers. It first examines the evidence on interventions that influence savings, credit, payments and insurance decisions by all adults. It then focuses specifically on interventions that show promise to improve service delivery for women.

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InterMedia, has just released the 2017 FII data for 7 developing countries. In addition to tracking trends in access, registered, active, and advanced users, the latest round of FII data also includes findings from new indicators on women’s economic empowerment, financial health and digital credit.