research themes | Youth and Women

Our FinScope surveys show women are the most excluded segment, with the youth following close behind. The Women and Youth cluster actively discuss what interventions can be done to bridge this gap. We consider what data can be collected to better understand women and youth. We consider what the best entry point is, especially for youth who are economically unsettled and need familiarisation with financial products in order to encourage savings.

We want to have meaningful conversations with FSP’s so they are aware that the segment is underserved. And create space for the development of youth entrepreneurship.

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Will inclusive financing mechanisms promote more women-led a...

Written by Innocent Njati Banda Banks need to step up to support women in agriculture Just like any other business, women-led agribusinesses require a number of factors to be successful, such as availability of affordable high-quality inputs, equipment and labour; availability of suitable land for growing crops, rearing animals or processing produce; technical support from […]

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The Many Faces of Social Exclusion

Despite progress around the world, many people continue to face social exclusion. While not a cure-all, financial services have the potential to connect them to more opportunities. Meet Aminata, a young Senegalese woman in her late teens. She lives with her parents and four siblings in Kedougou, a small town in southeastern Senegal. Aminata completed […]

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The Face of Social Exclusion Infographic

Despite progress around the world, many people continue to face social exclusion (i.e., limited access to social and economic opportunities). While not a cure-all, financial services have the potential to connect them to more opportunities. For example, evidence shows that financial services have a direct impact on health, education, gender equality and food security. If […]

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Gender and Financial Inclusion

Access to financial services such as savings, credits and insurance enables individuals to store value in a safe place, receive and transfer value, and manage liquidity and risk. However, women are excluded from financial services that leads to their exclusion from social and economic activities. Exclusion of women also means their potential contribution to economic […]

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