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Gender-Based Financial Exclusion in Central Asia

> Posted by Daniel Balson, Lead Specialist for Eurasia and MENA, the Smart Campaign At the Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI), we spend a lot of time thinking of ways economically marginalized people can gain access to the capital they need to lift themselves out of poverty. Through our work, we’ve repeatedly seen that, while […]

Women’s Strikes and the Business Case for Gender Equity

> Posted by Robin Brazier, Communications and Operations Associate, the Smart Campaign Every year on March 8th we honor women around the world by celebrating International Women’s Day. This international holiday not only recognizes women’s valuable achievements and contributions to society, it recognizes the work that still needs to be done to create a more inclusive, […]

In the United States, Gender Gaps in Financial Literacy and Pay Persist

> Posted by Danielle Piskadlo, Manager, Investing in Inclusive Finance, CFI As we say goodbye to April, I reflect on the month that since 2004 has been recognized as Financial Literacy Month by the U.S. government and that also brings us Equal Pay Day, which was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity in […]

G2P and Gender: When Will Pakistani Women Be Able to Withdraw Their Own Money?

> Posted by Guy Stuart, Ph.D., Executive Director, Microfinance Opportunities Can government-to-person (G2P) payments to low-income beneficiaries translate into their financial inclusion? One way this might happen is if those beneficiaries can gain experience in dealing with a formal financial service provider (FSP) when they go to pick up their payments. This is especially the case where […]

In the Hands of Women: A Reflection on the Gender Gap in Financial Inclusion

> Posted by Beth Porter, Financial Inclusion Policy Advisor for the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the Better Than Cash Alliance The following post was originally published on the Better Than Cash Alliance blog and has been re-published with permission.  Did you ever wonder why there is not International Men’s Day? There actually is […]

Fifty-Eight Percent of Women in India Report Difficulty Accessing Credit, Savings, or Jobs Because of their Gender

> Posted by Center Staff A new paper from MasterCard corroborates recent findings on persistent gaps in the financial inclusion of women, indicating that in India 58 percent of women report difficulty accessing credit, savings, or jobs because of their gender. The paper is part of MasterCard’s Connectors Project, which examines the migration of excluded […]

Gender Dynamics in Rural China Illuminate the Need for Financial Education

> Posted by Kaj Malden, Project Manager, PlaNet Finance China Poor rural women in China face challenges not dissimilar to poor rural women in other developing countries. Many are homemakers and child rearers, with much of their work tied to the home, offering little social or professional mobility. However, there are some dynamics in China that […]

Why the Gender Dummy Doesn’t Speak: Explaining the Gender Gap in Financial Inclusion

> Posted by Dr. Susan Johnson, Senior Lecturer in International Development, University of Bath Recent research has given us much better data on the difference in access to formal financial services between men and women. The figure below gives these gaps by region based on the Global Findex dataset. With this evidence for the gender gap, what […]

Adding Gender to the Microfinance Bottom Line

> Posted by Jaclyn Berfond, Senior Associate, Network Engagement, Women’s World Banking Women have long been the face of microfinance, a fact reflected by the mission and goals of the institutions that serve them. According to the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), most microfinance institutions (MFIs) claim to target women (74 percent) and just over half […]

A Framework for Responsible Digital Credit

In the era of digital credit, we need not just new laws, but also new mental models for responsible digital credit provision. > By John Owens, CFI Fellow As digital credit providers have grown exponentially over the past few years, and as digital products and models have proliferated, so too have concerns around consumer protection. […]