Financial inclusion to financial sustainability – Empowering women in South Asia and across the World

On April 11th, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program (GBE) and the South Asia Center (SAC) partnered with the Grameen Foundation India and the NGO Committee on Financial for Development to host a panel discussion as part of the World Bank’s Civil Society Policy Forum Spring 2019.

The event was part of GBE’s Inclusive Growth Initiative and addressed the challenges women face in becoming financially independent as well as analyzed the tools to empower them.  GBE Director Bart Oosterveld noted the urgency of the topic and introduced speakers Ms. Anita Thomas, Chair of the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, Mr. Prabhat Labh, CEO of Grameen Foundation India, Dr. Michelle Thompson, Data Fellow at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Dr. Purva Khera, Economist at the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the International Monetary Fund, and Dr. Leora Klapper, Lead Economist of Finance and Private Sector Development at the World Bank Group.