Description

The Women’s Finance Exchange (WFX) is a new ADB initiative to support financial institutions and their women borrowers through innovative tech-enabled solutions, digital support, and capacity building. Despite global efforts to expand access to finance, women and women’s businesses face challenges in accessing suitable and affordable financial products. Financial institutions often miss out on opportunities to service this growing segment, which has an estimated 1 billion underserved women. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women and women’s businesses, and reinforced the importance of a digital economy, which can accelerate gender equality.

Join us in the launch of WFX, followed by an ​insightful webinar showcasing how 3 private sector institutions are successfully targeting the female economy, and their lessons learned in gender-responsive financing.

Objectives

Webinar participants will join the WFX launch and will engage with the panelists as they will:

  • Discuss constraints of women and women’s businesses to access finance
  • Provide insights on their business models to reach the female economy
  • Share lessons learned and key issues to consider for successful gender-responsive financing

How to join

Opening remarks

Ashok Lavasa

Ashok Lavasa
Vice President, Private Sector Operations and Public-Private Partnerships
Asian Development Bank

Suzanne Gaboury

Suzanne Gaboury
Director General
Private Sector Operations
Asian Development Bank

Women's Finance Exchange (WFX) launch

Christine Engstrom

Christine Engstrom
Director
Private Sector Financial Institutions Division
Asian Development Bank

Moderator and panelist

Samantha Hung

Samantha Hung
Chief of Gender Equality Thematic Group
Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Asian Development Bank

Panelists

Rachel Freeman

Rachel Freeman
Chief Growth Officer
Tyme

Sucharita Mukherjee

Sucharita Mukherjee
CEO and Co-Founder
Kaleidofin Private Limited, India

Laura Crow

Laura Crow
Principal Product Manager
M-Pesa Africa Ltd.

Costs

Free

Event Contact

  • Sabine SPOHN (Ms) Senior Investment Specialist Private Sector Operations Department Asian Development Bank E-mail contact form