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Paper – Advancing Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion

Advancing Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion January 2018 by Kathryn Imboden, Toronto Centre. Kathryn is a Policy Advisor at CGAP, focusing on financial inclusion work with global standard setting bodies. “Women’s inclusion in the usage of financial series is broadly recognized as a key driver of women’s participation in the economy and of household well-being, leading to more robust economic growth and social development, as well as more diversified financial systems. The case for fostering the usage of financial services by women as a public policy imperative is recognized globally, with vocal proponents and attention given to this objective on platforms such as the IMF Managing Director’s Global Policy Agenda. The expansion of digital financial services specifically is seen as a major opportunity for both women and men, but this opportunity is far from fully realized…This note examines what financial authorities can do to foster women’s digital financial inclusion, in the context of their mandates to ensure a sound and enabling regulatory and supervisory framework…”

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