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Unlocking the Potential: Promoting Women’s Financial Inclusion in Africa

12 June 2014 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Chatham House, London


Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Special Envoy on Gender, African Development Bank
Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO, Women’s World Banking
Craig Churchill, Chief of Social Finance Programme, International Labour Organization (ILO)
Anna Othieno, Managing Director, AIG, Uganda
Chair: Safiye Ozuygun, Business Director, Citi Microfinance



Increasing women’s access to finance and financial services is crucial for development and sustainable growth. Women have a higher propensity to save and reinvest in education, child care and health, benefitting their families and communities. The benefits gained are increasingly crucial as many African countries are confronted with the challenges of significant population growth. However, women’s inclusion in the formal economy and access to finance remain low. 

The expert panel will examine the challenges and potential of improving access to finance for women in Africa. They will discuss the importance of best practice in financial services provision for equitable development in African countries.