Financial Inclusion

Despite overall progress in financial inclusion, the gender gap in account ownership has remained stubbornly persistent at nine percentage points since 2011, according to Global Findex. The reasons are complex, often interwoven with greater exclusion and vulnerability for women than men, and underpinned by social norms, which are not well understood or tackled by financial inclusion programming. BPaWA seeks to bring a deeper understanding of the interplay of social norms and women’s financial inclusion and simultaneously mainstream a gender lens across all of its programmatic areas focused on helping poor people capture opportunities and build resilience.