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Member News: Mastercard Champions Women Business Owners Throughout National Small Business Week and Beyond
Mastercard is helping share the stories of the women across the U.S. who are contributing over $3 trillion to today’s economy and opening over eighteen hundred businesses every single day. Today the company announced the launch of a national advertising campaign that puts the spotlight on women business owners who are driving impact. Mastercard is...
Strategises to Increase Access to Markets for Women-Owned SMES in South Africa
In South Africa, there is a $49 billion unmet financing demand for women entrepreneurs. Corporations and banks can collaborate with women-owned enterprises and provide solutions to bridge the financial gap. In this IFC fact sheet, learn the key challenges faced by women entrepreneurs, how partners are collaborating for progress and ideas for...
Winning Over Women In Financial Services
This report from Kantar shows that financial services organisations could be missing a £130bn opportunity – by not winning over women. Download our Winning Over Women report to find out how UK financial institutions are failing to connect with female customers at each stage of the buying journey, from advertising to offerings. The report indicates...
Q1 2019 Diversity Report: Female Founders Own 17 Percent Of Venture Dollars
Crunchbase has released a report on the amount of funding that flowed to companies with at least one female founder in the first quarter of 2019. The author says that 17 percent of venture dollars representing $8.1 billion in the first quarter went to companies with at least one female founder. Of that, two percent was invested in only female...
Acquisition and Engagement Strategies to Reach Women with Digital Financial Services
SME Finance Forum partner Women's World Banking has released "Acquisition and Engagement Strategies to Reach Women with Digital Financial Services." In this publication, Women’s World Banking outlined how they applied different approaches in Nigeria and Pakistan to increase both the acquisition of women customers as well as women’s engagement with...
World's First Private Sector Gender Bond Finances Women-Owned SMEs in Emerging Markets
IFC invested $75 million in a Gender Bond issued by Turkey’s Garanti Bank (a SME Finance Forum member). IFC details the story of how and why the investment with Garanti was a bold one. The bank, which is known in the market for its commitment to access to finance for women, is the first private sector bank in the world to launch a gender bond...
The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2019
It is important for all stakeholders to take action to deliver the significant benefits of mobile and the internet to women, their families, communities and the economy. Mobile can help empower women, making them more connected, safe and able to access information and services. Closing the mobile gender gap also represents a significant commercial...
Integrating Gender and Women's Financial Inclusion into the Central Bank of Egypt's (CBE) Framework
Egyptian women who constitute half of the population, represent tremendous economic potential, while contributing to only 22.5 percent of total labor force - offer an estimated credit demand of USD283 million among female-owned SMEs. The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has achieved major accomplishments towards building an inclusive financial system...
Strengthening Women's Entrepreneurship in ASEAN
This report – developed jointly by the OECD, ASEAN and national stakeholders – seeks to better understand the causes behind these persistent gaps and advances policy solutions to help close them. It is structured around three chapters: Chapter 1 provides an overview of progress made in achieving gender equality in employment and education,...
Study Talks Women and Venture Capital
IFC’s latest study shows that a more diverse panel of asset managers may be the key to bigger profits. Henriette Kolb, Head of IFC’s Gender Secretariat, said an ideal mix of at least 30 percent of women in an investment team can lead to substantially bigger yields for the company. BusinessWorld reports. “The median gender balanced fund...