Women's World Banking (WWB)

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Organisation general information
Organisation name: 
Women’s World Banking
Founding year: 
United States
Total number of staff: 
Resources dedicated to microfinance: 
Percentage of microfinance activities: 
Type of organisation: 
Non profit
NGO, Network/Association/Platform
Organisation's contact person
Contact person: 
Dana Santye
122 East 4nd Street, 42nd Floor
NY 10168
New York
United States
Organisation summary

Women’s World Banking is the global leader in women’s financial inclusion. Rooted in our deep understanding of the women’s market, we tackle financial inclusion in three interconnected ways: first, by partnering with financial services providers to develop scalable market-driven solutions; second, through our gender-lens private equity fund; and, finally, because diverse institutions are proven to be stronger, we build institutional capacity through leadership and diversity programs. Through this holistic approach and our global reach of 49 institutions in 31 countries, we accelerate economic opportunity for low-income women and growth for financial service providers in the emerging markets.

Type of intervention: 
  • Equity
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. technical assistance/capacity building, evaluation)
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. research / information dissemination)
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. networking/ donor / coordination)
Countries of intervention: 
South America
Areas of intervention: 
  • Macro level: Client protection, Supporting networks and associations, Strengthening national/regional microfinance support sector, Capacity building (focused on all MFIs)
  • Intermediate level: Rural finance, Microfinance investment vehicules, Business development services, Social impact/performance, Urban finance, Gender, Youth
  • Micro level: Capital/equity investments, Financial product development and innovation, Delivery models (group, indiv.), Performance (financial and social), Strategic planning, Marketing
  • Other themes: Impact and performances studies
Main competences: 

Product innovation, savings, credit, microinsurance, small and medium enterprises, digital financial services, and market research.

Please indicate any innovations in your microfinance program planned for the coming year: 

Women’s World Banking will continue to expand its influence, producing more services and tools to bolster women’s financial empowerment in underserved and often overlooked areas. The NGO will be piloting and scaling up programs in Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia, amongst our other current priority markets. Since greater gender financial inclusion requires proactive and skilled management, it will also be expanding its leadership and development programs, helping women reach higher levels of influence at both the household and organizational levels. Last but not least, Women’s World Banking is pioneering innovative solutions to the barriers of financial exclusion, taking full advantage and harnessing the power of global technological gains.