Gendered Finance: Inclusion and Transformation

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Gendered finance in Africa represents a multifaceted landscape where financial systems intersect with gender dynamics, presenting both challenges and opportunities for inclusive economic growth. This abstract explores the complexities surrounding gendered finance in Africa, emphasizing the pivotal role of inclusion and transformation in reshaping financial structures. The African continent grapples with entrenched gender disparities in access to financial services, with women often facing significant hurdles in obtaining credit, owning property, or participating in formal financial systems. These barriers are compounded by cultural norms, limited access to education, and discriminatory practices, hindering women’s economic empowerment and financial independence. However, amidst these challenges lie prospects for transformative change. Efforts aimed at fostering inclusive financial ecosystems are gaining momentum. Initiatives promoting financial literacy, access to microfinance, and innovative fintech solutions tailored to women’s needs are emerging across the continent. Moreover, policy interventions and advocacy for gender-sensitive regulations are gradually reshaping the financial landscape. Understanding the intersectionality of gender, finance, and socioeconomic contexts is crucial in devising sustainable strategies for inclusive growth. Empowering women economically not only enhances their individual agency but also contributes significantly to broader societal development, fostering economic resilience and reducing poverty. This abstract underscores the imperative of addressing gendered financial inequalities in Africa, emphasizing the need for holistic approaches that combine policy reforms, innovative financial products, and cultural shifts. By embracing inclusion and transformation in financial systems, Africa can unlock the immense potential embedded in its diverse population, fostering a more equitable and prosperous future for all.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Development Goals Series
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Publication series

NameSustainable Development Goals Series
VolumePart F2834
ISSN (Print)2523-3084
ISSN (Electronic)2523-3092


  • African economies
  • Empowerment
  • Financial inclusion
  • Gender dynamics
  • Transformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Multidisciplinary


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