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Financial Inclusion Pathways for Women and the Poor
April 21, 2013Online and World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC

What can governments and the private sector do to break down the barriers between women and financial services? What innovations can help development partners and the private sector broaden financial access for the people who need it most?

Financial services can help the poor save for the future, start and grow their businesses and create prosperity for their families and communities. But 2.5 billion people – 1.35 billion of them women– still don’t have access to financial services. The World Bank Group, along with the G20 under Russia’s Presidency, is working to expand financial inclusion so that the unbanked get the chance to transform their lives.

What can governments and the private sector do to break down the barriers between women and financial services? What innovations can help development partners and the private sector broaden financial access for the people who need it most?

H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, IFC Executive Vice President and CEO Jin-Yong Cai, World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance of Nigeria Dr.Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance of Uganda Maria Kiwanuka, Minister of Finance of Indonesia Agus Dermawan Martowardojo, Deputy Minister of Russia Sergey Storchak, and others discussed how to create financial inclusion pathways for women – and the world’s poorest.