A Foreign Policy series about women creating change through economic empowerment, hosted by Reena Ninan. This season, host Reena Ninan and reporters across Africa are focusing on one theme: the role of male allies. When are they effective? Why are they doing this work? And how do they influence men and boys?We visit religious leaders in Kenya, interview a former politician in Lesotho, and talk to male allies changing men’s attitudes toward gender-based violence in South Africa, among others. HER♀️ is a Foreign Policy production made possible in part through funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President & CEO of Women’s World Banking, on women’s financial inclusion — The Do One Better Podcast
Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking joins us to discuss the importance of women’s financial inclusion.
We look at the topic of women’s financial inclusion from various angles, including digital literacy, social norms and impact investing, and we also look at some of the research that tells us that this is not just a moral imperative but also an objective that makes commercial sense.
Women’s World Banking is a 44-year old global non-profit organisation and they currently work with 65 partners in 36 countries. Their partners include a range of organisations, such as mainstream banks, FinTechs, mobile money provides and non-bank financial institutions that recognise the commercial potential of serving low-income women in a responsible and sustainable way.
Geopolitical turmoil. A warming planet. Authoritarians on the rise. We live in a chaotic world that's rapidly shifting around us. "On Shifting Ground with Ray Suarez" explores international fault lines and how they impact us all. Each week, NPR veteran Ray Suarez hosts conversations with journalists, leaders and policy experts to help us read between the headlines – and give us hope for human resilience.
Can Microloans Lift Women Out of Poverty?
So far, the world has failed to keep up with the U.N. development goals for gender equality... and the clock is ticking. Can increased financial inclusion and political participation for women help bridge the gap? Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women's World Banking, believes our traditional financial system fails women. She speaks with Ray Suarez about how tech and global investment can help level the playing field.
In this episode of the What the Fintech? podcast, we’re joined by president and CEO of Women’s World Banking (WWB), Mary Ellen Iskenderian, to discuss how the group is broadening access to financial services for women across the world.
Mary Ellen and FinTech Futures reporter Alex Pugh discuss how the world’s largest network of microfinance institutions and banks marries a macro and local approach, the cultural and economic roadblocks that prevent women accessing financial services, how to tackle ‘app islands’, the war in Ukraine, and the effects of the pandemic on women gaining access to the financial ecosystem.
Lastly, we discover what fintech buzzword Mary Ellen wants to liberate from our Fintech Jail.
The Tape Episode
Jess Menton, Equities Reporter with Bloomberg News, discusses markets, stocks, and inflation. Laura Wright, Producer with Bloomberg TV, discusses the French election and what it means for the US and global economies as well as the war in Ukraine. Hans Olsen, CIO at Fiduciary Trust Company, talks about markets, investing, and the economy. Mary Ellen Iskenderian, CEO at Women’s World Banking, talks about women working in finance and job opportunities in the sector in America and in developing nations. Hosted by Matt Miller and Kriti Gupta.
Global Partners for Development proudly presents: What do you understand? A deep dive into the many facets of philanthropy and development. Experts in their field will discuss an aspect of their work that they understand particularly well. Let’s talk about big bets, innovation, social enterprises, large scale humanitarian aid, and the fixation on ending things or solving human’s greatest problems and the issues that arise while tackling it all.
I am your host Ria Pullin, and my co-host is the executive director of Global Partners for Development, Daniel Casanova.