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Financial Inclusion

Financial Inclusion

CARE and Women’s World Banking host high-level panel

Unless women have more empowerment, autonomy, and access to resources, we are not going to achieve change. Those are the words of Luis Guillermo Solís, President of Costa Rica and women’s economic empowerment advocate, speaking at an event on financial inclusion co-hosted by CARE and Women’s World Banking at the UN. Our event was followed by the release of the report of the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment – so what actually needs to happen for a radical step change in accelerating women’s economic empowerment?

Digital money = inclusive growth

According to a new report by McKinsey Global Institute, financial inclusion when delivered via mobile phones can ‘benefit billions of people by spurring inclusive growth that adds $3.7 trillion to the GDP of emerging economies within a decade’.

Catch the rhythm of financial inclusion!

Watch this funky take on VSLAs – a good way to spread the vibe!


Catch the rhythm of financial inclusion!

Publications See all

Political consciousness, leadership and collective action in the Mata Masu Dubara structures in Niger
This report presents the results of research conducted in Niger on the political power of the Mata Masu Dubara (Village Savings and Loan Associations) in Niger.
Financial services for resilience: how to assess the impacts?
Implementing innovative methodologies to measure resilience in Niger This report from the BRACED programme, which aims to build the resilience of vulnerable people against climate extremes and disasters, explores the…
Delivering formal financial services to savings groups: A handbook for financial service providers
This handbook is a reference guide for financial service providers, for the effective design and delivery of financial services for savings groups.
Briefing paper to the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group on Financial, Digital Inclusion and Property
Over the past year CARE has been advising the United Nations High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment on what actions need to be taken to rapidly accelerate women’s economic…

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Resources and links

Financial inclusion and women’s economic empowerment – a briefing for the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment

Search Inclusive Business online database

Linking for Change Savings Charter

The Guardian Global Development Professionals Network Financial Inclusion hub