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New Year, New Learning Opportunities

Tuesday 30th January 2024

We’re kicking off 2024 with a range of new educational opportunities and service upgrades for members, reflecting the substantial value derived from the unique peer learning and training offered by the Alliance.

Importantly, we’ve made it easier to navigate our learning offerings, bringing together a suite of opportunities into a one-stop-shop. Central to this has been an investment in the Alliance’s smart learning platform, offering a series of condensed on-demand courses about key aspects of the women-centered strategy, better tailored to the needs of a wider range of job functions and organizations at different stages of their journeys.

For example, those who are newly embedding their women’s market programs or have fresh team members will benefit from our Female Economy Primer—an on-demand, digestible and practical introduction to building a women-centered strategy. 

We’ve also relaunched our Business Case Tool in an interactive, online format, to help members build their women’s market business cases, understand trends and benchmark performance against country-level data – a brilliant tool no matter what stage you are at. 

Those more advanced in their women’s market strategy and looking to further embed it throughout their organization will benefit from our new Women’s Market Workforce Training, which uses a ‘train the trainer’ approach for HR and Women’s Market teams to train their workforces. 

If you’re keen to hone your gender data capabilities, our in-depth Gender Data Learning Series is set to expand in 2024 to include a deeper focus on data underpinning women-led micro, small and medium enterprises (WMSMEs), a challenging but crucial data area that is mandatory for those intending to sign up to the WE Finance Code (the global initiative launched in November 2023 by the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative). 

You can also sign up to the Gender Data Practices Task Force, an opportunity to meet quarterly (virtually) to share ideas and learn from your international peers about tackling key data pain points like setting a definition for WMSMEs and disaggregating legacy data.

Those interested in exploring strategies to boost the representation of women within their workforce can sign up to our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. Meeting bi-monthly (virtually), come along to share and hear from peers what’s working and what isn’t in the quest to achieve a better gender balance.

Fintech members can connect with likeminded peers and investors to hear about new, gender-intelligent approaches to fintech during our quarterly Fintech Friday sessions, as well as our annual Alliance Hackathon, #AllianceHack.   

Beyond these initiatives, plenty of other unique member opportunities are lined up for 2024, including our flagship Annual Summit to be held in London on June 4-5. 

In addition, the Alliance will continue to focus on driving women’s markets development globally and nationally. This means helping members to capitalize on their status as women’s market leaders by spearheading the rollout of the WE Finance Code in their countries, just as Banco BHD and ABN AMRO have done in the Dominican Republic and the Netherlands respectively. It also involves continuing to work with strategic partners and financial regulators to increase the systematic collection and use of gender data; including our ongoing work in Nigeria and Bangladesh to build country-level gender data dashboards. 

There’s no doubt the global shift to embrace gender-intelligent financial services is well under way, and the Alliance’s expanding wealth of learning opportunities reflects our ambition to arm our members with knowledge, know-how and networks to be front and center of the transition.