Banking on Women: Finance and Beyond
Bringing the public and private sectors together to progress policy to implementation in the areas of women in banking and finance is a core value of W3BF. Hear ‘what works’ for women in emerging markets and download the speakers’ presentations for new research results.
A Joint Conference by Women for Women International UK, J-PAL and the EBRD
EBRD HQ, London, Friday June 3rd 2011
The one-day conference brought together leading researchers, financial institutions, and NGOs to discuss the practical implications of recent experimental research on women and economic development. Policy interventions such as microfinance and training programmes often have surprising impacts on women's ability to participate in economic life and to contribute to economic development. Recent cutting-edge research has started to uncover the exact nature and magnitude of these impacts. In concise and to-the-point presentations a number of economists presented recent findings on 'what works' for women in emerging markets.
Practitioners, policy makers, and bankers discussed these findings and evaluated their ability to contribute to effective development policies as well as sound business propositions for private firms. Among other things, topics discussed included the (in)ability of microcredit to change women's lives and the need for additional, complementary services such as savings and training programmes and how political institutions and infrastructure investments can improve women’s bargaining power in the household or wider community.