European Microfinance Week 2019

Technology is reshaping the financial inclusion market opening up opportunities for reaching scale and efficiency. But how can technology be a way to reduce gender inequality in the financial systems and better serve the specific needs of women? How can financial institutions, investors and the microfinance sector as a whole, leverage technological solutions to promote gender equality? Microfinance has always had a focus on women and has proven effective in addressing several forms of inequality, such as income, health, education, etc. Nonetheless, the gender gap in access to financial services and to the internet is still a challenge, especially in emerging markets. This panel explored the barriers faced by women and the solutions to address them form the direct experience of investors, financial service providers and consulting companies.