Making Financial Services Work for Women
Bill McCalpin, Athena Capital Advisors
Thanks to the combined efforts of entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers, the World Bank’s 2018 Global Findex estimates that more than one billion people have gained access to a financial account since 2011. Despite this, the gender gap in account access among developing countries remains unchanged. In these regions, women are still more likely to be unbanked than men. What can impact investors and financial service providers do to bring more women into the financial system? What role does product design and delivery play in improving the quality, affordability, and accessibility of financial services for women in developing markets? This session will engage experienced practitioners in a discussion of lessons learned from efforts to make financial services more gender inclusive.
Bottom of the Pyramid, developing countries, emerging markets, Financial Inclusion, Financial Services, gender, women
Bill McCalpin, Managing Partner, Impact Investments or Jeff Finkelman, Senior Research Associate, Impact Investments, Athena Capital Advisors (moderator)
A combination of the following: PE firm investing in women-led businesses in emerging markets; Microfinance institution operating in emerging markets; Researcher who has focused on financial services and gender (e.g. BFA); Women’s World Banking; MicroVest
Athena Capital Landscape Review, “Financial Inclusion in Emerging & Frontier Markets” (forthcoming); Material from panelist organizations