It takes more than microloans to empower women and promote sustainable, inclusive economic growth. In this InfoPoint, the Women's World Banking CEO Mary Ellen Iskenderian will share experiences on the transformative effect and the business case for closing the gender gap in financial services as illustrated in her recently published book "There's Nothing Micro About a Billion Women".
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Nearly one billion women have been completely excluded from the formal financial system. Without even a bank account in their own names, they lack the basic services that most of us take for granted—secure ways to save money, pay bills, and get credit. Exclusion from the formal financial system means they are economic outsiders, unable to benefit from, or contribute to, economic growth.
Women's World Banking President & CEO Mary Ellen Iskenderian will give a presentation that shows why it takes more than microloans to empower women and promote sustainable, inclusive economic growth.
Women’s World Banking will also share why gender lens investing is not only about pursuing gender equality as a social good for its own sake; it is also a strategy for financial outperformance. Investing in women as customers and as workforce and leadership talent leads to stronger institutions, better returns and a more equitable world. Women’s World Banking leverages its investment expertise along with its technical assistance capabilities to showcase the financial and social returns of investing with a gender lens.
In a partnership with DG INTPA, Women’s World Banking is leading the way on gender lens investing through its USD 103 million private equity fund.
- Cecile Billaux, Head of Unit INTPA E2 - Micro-economic Analysis, Investment Climate, Private sector, Trade and Employment
- Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President & CEO, Women's World Banking
- Kevin Kamemba, Principal Investment Officer & Head of Africa, Women's World Banking Asset Management
Language of conference: English
Language of Q&A session: English