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Women in Finance A Case for Closing Gaps IMF

Women in Finance: A Case for Closing Gaps

Women in Finance: A Case for Closing Gaps

This study by the International Monetary Fund analyzes the intersection of gender and finance, examining women’s roles not only as users of financial services but also as leaders in financial institutions and financial supervision agencies. It highlights the need for better data to monitor gender gaps, help researchers understand the drivers of these gaps and their effects, and help design effective policies to address them.

Gender Diversity Inclusion In Brief

Unlocking the Potential of the Women’s Market: The Gender Diversity & Inclusion Imperative

Unlocking the Potential of the Women’s Market: The Gender Diversity & Inclusion Imperative

This GBA InBrief explores the key benefits and challenges of implementing comprehensive gender D&I strategies, particularly as they relate to FSPs’ approaches to capturing the Women’s Market. It explores the experiences of GBA members in their journeys to become both an employer and a bank of choice for women, and provides key recommendations for FSPs seeking to embark on similar journeys.

IDRC Behavioural Finance Report

What Can Behavioural Science Tell Us About the Financial Decisions of Women?

What Can Behavioural Science Tell Us About the Financial Decisions of Women?

A growing number of studies in the field of behavioural science are examining factors that influence financial decisions. This paper reports on the effectiveness of various behavioural interventions that could reasonably be applied by financial services providers to increase women’s access to and usage of financial services.

Beta Test: Global Business Case Tool for Financial Services Providers

Beta Test: Global Business Case Tool for
Financial Services Providers

This tool helps the user develop a business case for the Women’s Market by quantifying the market opportunity and estimating an FSP’s direct financial benefits from strategically targeting the female economy – providing strong groundwork for a presentation to senior management to integrate a Women’s Market program into the FSP’s overall strategy. The Excel-based tool also comes with a PDF guide to help the user understand how to use the resource.

Economics of Banking on Women 2.0

The Economics of Banking on Women: 2018 Edition

The Economics of Banking on Women: 2018 Edition

This report is based on information gathered in the GBA’s Women’s Market Analytics Survey — the only collection of global banking data measuring the performance of financial institutions serving the Women’s Market, with 4 years of performance data and over 400 data points per institution. This second edition of the report bears out several trends that emerged in the previous edition, highlighting the strong business opportunity the Women’s Market represents.

Update: A previous version of this report was missing labels on one graph. We have corrected the error in this edition.

Exploring FinTech Solutions for Women IDRC Mastercard

Exploring FinTech Solutions for Women

Exploring FinTech Solutions for Women

New digital technologies are revolutionizing the financial services industry around the world. Africa has been an innovation hub in this area, due to its rapid adoption of mobile communication networks. How might the explosion of fintech platforms and applications be tapped to foster greater financial inclusion, especially for women, who are underserved by traditional banking? This scoping paper from the IDRC and Mastercard explores available evidence on the uptake of fintech in Africa and how it is changing the financial landscape.

Women & Financial Wellness: Beyond the Bottom Line

Women & Financial Wellness: Beyond the Bottom Line

Women & Financial Wellness: Beyond the Bottom Line

This report from Merrill Lynch explores how women’s financial needs and preferences are distinct. It examines the different life journeys women take—and the financial consequences of the circumstances and decisions they are faced with along the way. Finally, it shines a light on the importance of demonstrating respect and inclusion to facilitate a path to women’s financial freedom and wellness.

WFID Partnership Principles

Women’s Financial Inclusion Data Partnership Principles

Women’s Financial Inclusion Data Partnership Principles

Stakeholders need a complete picture of the gap in women’s financial inclusion to be able to close it – and data is critical to this. These tenets reflect the aspirations and commitments of the WFID partnership (comprising the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, Data2X, the Global Banking Alliance for Women, the Inter-American Development Bank, IDB Invest, the International Finance Corporation, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank Group) to increasing women’s access to and use of financial services by promoting the collection and use of sex-disaggregated data.

How Data Can Propel Full Financial Inclusion for Women

The Way Forward: How Data Can Propel Full Financial Inclusion for Women

The Way Forward: How Data Can Propel Full Financial Inclusion for Women

Data is one of the key elements necessary to create inclusive financial systems around the world. With more and improved WFI data, policymakers can design and monitor WFI interventions, and financial service providers can build a business case for targeting women as clients. This strategy document from the Women’s Financial Inclusion Data (WFID) partnership argues that only through a unified and sector-wide approach to the collection, analysis and use of gender data will women’s full financial inclusion be realized.

IFC Bank of Palestine Evaluation

Evaluation Report: Bank of Palestine Strengthens Women-Owned Businesses and the Economy

Evaluation Report: Bank of Palestine Strengthens Women-Owned Businesses and the Economy

This evaluation report highlights the business results and lessons learned from IFC’s partnership with Bank of Palestine and its Felestineya Women’s Market program.

Powering Potential

Powering Potential: Increasing Women’s Access to Financial Products and Services

Powering Potential: Increasing Women’s Access to Financial Products and Services

This report, a companion to BNY Mellon and the UN Foundation’s Return on Equality publication, shines a spotlight on the opportunity to realize gains — in both gender equality and market returns — by increasing women’s financial inclusion around the world. The goal of the report is to inspire financial services providers to design and market products and services that fuel women’s full economic participation, and to encourage investors to steer their capital toward such companies.

Andy Lopata GBA Summit 2017 Networking

The Power of Effective Networking – Video

The Power of Effective Networking

Whether for new business generation, individual career development or simply getting the job done, networking is a vital tool for business. Yet so few people take a strategic approach to it. At the 2017 GBA Summit, networking specialist Andy Lopata shared key insights on the power of networking, how men and women have different networking styles, and what networking means for building banks’ business. This video recaps his presentation.

London GBA Summit 2017

Debunking the Pink Card: The Business Case for Women’s Credit Cards – Mastercard

Debunking the Pink Card: The Business Case for Women’s Credit Cards

Diana Robino shared how Mastercard is championing women’s economic empowerment and the strong business case and development case for payment solutions for women at the 2017 GBA Summit.

The Women’s Market for Insurance: An Emerging Business Opportunity

The Women’s Market for Insurance: An Emerging Business Opportunity

As the appetite of women worldwide for risk mitigation offerings continues to grow, a strong business case has emerged for insurance companies and banks to deliver tailored insurance solutions to the Women’s Market. Several GBA members are already integrating insurance solutions as part of their holistic value propositions for women. This InBrief explores the experiences of 12 GBA members and partners who participated in a working group to size the insurance business opportunity and share best practices.

GBA Case Study: NatWest

GBA Case Study: NatWest

The fifth in the GBA’s Case Study series on best practice banks features Women in Business champion NatWest, part of the Royal Bank of Scotland. The bank has found great success through its ability to leverage partners in the ecosystem to deliver real value to its women clients.

GBA Case Study BHD León

GBA Case Study: Banco BHD León

GBA Case Study: Banco BHD León

This Case Study on GBA best practice bank in the Dominican Republic Banco BHD León explores how the bank’s transformation of its business model to become more gender intelligent has propelled strong business growth. As a result of its efforts, BHD León has grown its women customer base by double or triple digits across all segments. (Version en español)

Winning Over Women: A commercial imperative for financial services

Winning Over Women: A commercial imperative for financial services

Kantar’s research in the UK has revealed striking differences in the approach men and women take to managing their money. This report shows how financial service providers in the country are meeting – or failing to meet – the needs of their female customers.

How Stock Exchanges Can Advance Gender Equality UN

How Stock Exchanges Can Advance Gender Equality

How Stock Exchanges Can Advance Gender Equality

Building on the 2016 Sustainable Stock Exchange Report on Progress from the United Nations, which highlights five specific targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that exchanges are well placed to influence, this report examines the contribution exchanges can make toward SDG target 5.5: ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic, and public life, as well as the gender-specific targets under the other 16 SDGs.

Banking on Women Leaders: A Case for More?

Banking on Women Leaders: A Case for More?

Banking on Women Leaders: A Case for More?

The IMF measured the large gap between the representation of men and women in leadership positions in banks and bank supervision agencies worldwide. Their econometric analysis suggests that, controlling for relevant bank and country-specific factors, the presence of women as well as a higher share of women on bank boards is associated with greater bank stability, as represented by higher z-scores and lower nonperforming loan ratios.

Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2017

Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2017

Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2017

Strong supporting conditions such as access to financial services and ease of doing business pave the way for progress in businesses owned by women. The inaugural Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs seeks to understand and track women’s progress and achievements in the business world, identifying which factors and conditions are most conducive to closing the gender gap among business owners in an economy.

BNY Mellon UN Foundation Return on Equality

Return on Equality

Return on Equality

While women and girls have made significant gains in the past decade in terms of education, health, economic participation and political leadership, gender equality has yet to be attained in many critical areas, and at the cost of substantial and unrealized social and market benefits. This report from BNY Mellon and the UN Foundation explores investment opportunities that can help close global gender gaps.

UN Women Power of Procurement

The Power of Procurement: How to Source from Women-Owned Businesses

The Power of Procurement: How to Source from Women-Owned Businesses

This guide from UN Women is intended to support signatories of the Women’s Empowerment Principles, which UN Women and UN Global Compact jointly promulgate, to take action on Principle 5: Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women. Corporations are well positioned to promote gender equality and empower women in their workplaces, in their communities and through their purchasing policies and practices.