9:00—10:30 AM Washington DC time

Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Context of Financial Inclusion

Financial inclusion stakeholders continue to face important challenges to define and measure women’s economic empowerment (WEE). Developing and using a common approach to measuring WEE is critical for understanding the impacts of various financial inclusion programs and initiatives across geographies and populations. Doing so will help us to better understand how these impacts are being achieved, and what works and what doesn’t in promoting WEE in the context of financial inclusion efforts.

In this event co-hosted by CGD, Data2X, and FinEquity, we will launch an initiative to identify and test a core set of WEE indicators for financial inclusion. To kick it off this session will explore how best to measure women’s economic empowerment in the context of financial inclusion projects, initiatives, and investments. Researchers, practitioners, and investors will share their ongoing efforts to encourage financial institutions to collect and utilize gender data, as well as how project teams are integrating WEE measures into their monitoring and evaluation frameworks.

PANEL 1: How Can We Motivate Financial Institutions to Collect Gender Data?


  • Rebecca Ruf, (Financial Alliance for Women) on behalf of Data2X/Women Financial Inclusion Data Partnership
  • Antonique Koning, Gender Lead, CGAP
  • Wendy Teleki, Head, We-Fi Secretariat


  • Mayra Buvinic, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

PANEL 2: WEE Indicators for Financial Inclusion: What Should We Prioritize?


  • Anita Raj, Tata Chancellor Professor of Society and Health, Director of the Center on Gender Equity and Health, Principal Scientist on EMERGE
  • Andrew Brudevold-Newman, Economist, Africa Gender Innovation Lab, World Bank
  • Rathi Mani-Kandt, Head of Women’s Economic Empowerment, CARE USA


  • Diana Dezso, Facilitator, FinEquity/CGAP
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