1.7 billion adults in the world are unbanked. Among them, more than half are women.

The rise of digital financial services is expected to advance women’s financial inclusion. Yet, there is a persistent gender gap in account ownership. In Bangladesh, the gap is 29 percentage points, the highest in the world.

How can we find simple solutions to the many challenges that impede women’s financial inclusion?

The 7th Frugal Innovation Forum will bring together global practitioners, thinkers, researchers, policymakers and financial ecosystem partners to brainstorm solutions to the enduring challenges in financial inclusion for women through digital services.

FIF 2020 will aim to:

  • Deepen our understanding of ecosystem drivers that enable digital financial inclusion for women
  • Take stock check of evidence and use cases to identify what has and hasn’t worked for women’s financial inclusion
  • Identify steps for reducing exclusion and explore opportunities for partnerships to tackle it
  • Focus on targeted and/or emerging innovations addressing unbanked women – and identify roadmap to maximise their impact

Let’s come together at Savar, Bangladesh to explore grassroots progress, evaluate evidence for impact, and forge effective partnerships to maintain momentum in delivering financial inclusion.

Highlights | FIF 2019

Tentative agenda

Field exposure visit

9.00am - 9.15am
Welcome message

9.15am - 9.30am

9:30m - 10:30 am
Have digital financial services delivered on their promise to women?

10.30am - 11.00am

11.00am - 11:30pm
Coffee Break

11:45pm - 1:00pm

  • From access to empowerment: How do we help low literacy clients adapt?
  • Exploring possibilities: Developing use cases that matter to women
  • Workshop: Nudging clients to encourage uptake

1.00pm - 2.30pm
Lunch and networking break

2.30pm - 3.30pm
  • Harnessing the power of proxies to champion women’s financial inclusion
  • Wage digitisation: Is it working for women?

3.30pm - 4.00pm
Coffee break

4.00pm - 5.30pm
Access first, use later.

5.30pm - 6.00pm
Inauguration of exhibit space

6.00pm - 8.00pm

9.00am - 10:00am
A name to blame: Who is responsible for ensuring digital financial inclusion?

10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Transforming DFS: the emerging role of super platforms for women’s financial inclusion
  • NextGen tech for financial inclusion: Can DFS be made easier still?
  • Bringing back-end operations front and center

11:15 am - 11:45 am
Coffee break

11.45 am - 1:15 pm
  • Evidence on women’s economic empowerment through DFS and making a difference through data informed decisions
  • The Dark Side of DFS: data confidentiality and consumer protection

1.15pm - 2.30pm
Lunch and networking break

2.30pm - 3.30pm
Rethinking regulation for digital financial inclusion

3.30pm - 4.00pm
Coffee break

4.00 pm - 4:30 pm

4:30pm - 5:15pm
What’s next for financial inclusion?

5:15pm - 5:45pm
Closing reflections and remarks

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