Tag Archives: Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert: Addressing Gender Norms to Increase Financial Inclusion

In this Ask the Expert session we highlight the importance of addressing harmful gendered social norms (gender norms) that limit the effectiveness and impact of financial inclusion interventions.

  1. What are gender norms and how do they influence women’s behavior?

  2. What are the resulting barriers on demand and supply side?

  3. How can you create norm-informed and norm-transformative initiatives?

Ask the Expert: Supporting WSMEs to Access New Markets

To successfully scale their business, entrepreneurs need both capital and access to new market opportunities. Yet many, especially Women SMEs (WSMEs) face challenges in accessing new markets. In this session we look at the most critical challenges and how they can be addressed, how FSPs can leverage their own power and network to support WSMEs overcome market challenges and scale their business and what it takes to create an enabling environment for WSMEs to scale.

Ask the Expert: New Segment – Housing Finance for Women

Whether loans to purchase whole homes, or for home improvements, the housing finance market, as currently configured does not serve the majority of women in emerging markets. Yet across the globe, women will say that owning a house is their first priority in life after educating their children and taking care of the family’s health. This session focuses on identifying the opportunities for FSPs to tailor housing finance by addressing women’s challenges in access and also address women’s strategic gender interests.