Progress towards women’s entrepreneurial development has increased over the past ten years. However, female entrepreneurs continue to face multiple obstacles in their journey – one of them being…

Maereg Tewoldebirhan Alemayehu, Kavell Joseph |

Digital financial services are a gateway for the poor and SMEs to participate in the formal economy. Recent evidence of the impact of fintech as well as its potential going forward is…

Alfonso Garcia Mora |

Identifying the characteristics of women that have successfully entered higher-return male-dominated sectors will help us to develop policy interventions that enable women to build businesses that…

Markus Goldstein, Paula Gonzalez Martinez, Sreelakshmi Papineni |

Alternative data analysis- both quantitative and behavioral - can be used to dramatically bolster financial access around the world.

Sharmista Appaya |

Economic literature shows that financial systems support livelihood enhancement and economic development by offering savings, payment, credit and risk management services to households and firms.…

Raian Divanbeigi, Rong Chen |

A beneficiary at the Arazi (Land Records Authority) center. Photo: World BankThis blog is part of a series that discusses findings from the [email protected]: Shaping the Future report, which…

Raymond Muhula |

Farmer working in the fields of Kasur, Punjab. Photo: World BankThis blog is part of a series that discusses findings from the [email protected]: Shaping the Future report, which identifies the changes…

Marcelo Acerbi |

© Markus Spiske/Unslash [[tweetable]]Financing for development is critical. For many developing countries, these gaps undermine prospects of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and…

Alfonso Garcia Mora |

Despite years of fiscal decentralization, not many countries have been able to quantify the size and structure of the economies at the decentralized units. To our knowledge, only South Africa has…

Peter Chacha Wankuru |

Models walk the runway during regional conclave in New Delhi, India. Photo: World Bank For centuries, women in the harsh deserts of Rajasthan, India, embroidered richly-colored mirror-work…

Divya Gupta, Vinita Ranade |