Financial Inclusion Pathways for Women and the Poor
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Financial Inclusion Pathways for Women and the Poor

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DATE: Sunday, April 21, 2013
TIME: 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT (13:00 – 20:00 GMT or convert time)
LOCATION: Online and World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC

Financial services can help the poor save for the future, start and grow their businesses and create prosperity for their families and communities. But 2.5 billion people – 1.35 billion of them women– still don’t have access to financial services. The World Bank Group, along with the G20 under Russia’s Presidency, is working to expand financial inclusion so that the unbanked get the chance to transform their lives.

What can governments and the private sector do to break down the barriers between women and financial services? What innovations can help development partners and the private sector broaden financial access for the people who need it most?

H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, IFC Executive Vice President and CEO Jin-Yong Cai, World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance of Nigeria Dr.Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance of Uganda Maria Kiwanuka, Minister of Finance of Indonesia Agus Dermawan Martowardojo, Deputy Minister of Russia Sergey Storchak, and others discussed how to create financial inclusion pathways for women – and the world’s poorest.

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Read what others are asking
Usman Javaid
United States
Is this event exclusive to World Bank staff? Or can non staff members attend the event in DC?
Raj Mohan
We work towards mitigating carbon and alleviating poverty simultaneously by planting fruit trees in land owned by distressed farmers. Is there a mechanism bu which we can get funding to scale up? We are a for profit social enterprise.
Eun Chae Cho
Korea, Rep.
The poor and some of women have not much money. So they can’t access to financial services. So at first, they need aid. And they don’t know much about financial services. Finance education is one of the best ways to inform financial services.
Kahyun Lim
Korea, Rep.
There are many complicated relations between ROK's seurity problem and USA's military industry's benefit. It is clear Korea's peace condition threats USA's military industries benefit. How can Korea deal with north-south korea problem peacefully under this situation?
Faslie Miller
South Africa
How will it be possible to achieve financial inclusion of the poor when most of these type of services charge high interest rates and fees? For example, micro-lending often leads to more long-term indebtedness.
Oraynab Mohamad
United States
Are there any laws being passed to protect women from abusive or repressive environments trying to give them more control over their finances?
Olá eu me chamo Orazil Duarte ,queria saber como finacial faculdade e poder fulturamente trbalhar em algum projeto de desemvolvimento ,em outro pais ,que não seja o meu de oringem ,para que posso conhecer novas cultura e aplicar meus conhecimentos adiquirido em meu pais .
san sel
Most women in Cambodia, they have a very little opportunity to access the financial service. To you, what is the best solutions for this issue. Thank you.
Md Tajuddin
Worl Bank must get the favor of people across the world to make this plan succesful.
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