High-Level Policy Forum on
Advancing Women’s Financial Inclusion
in the Arab World


November 22-23, 2016
Dead Sea

Under the patronage of
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah

Breaking barriers,
liberating potential


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The Importance of financial inclusion in the Arab World

Financial inclusion is of utmost importance to policymakers across the Arab World as it stimulates economic growth, generates employment and fosters financial sector stability. Financial inclusion is also a central tool to empower women. Gender plays a crucial role as women have only limited access to credit or insurance products, while there are also constraints for opening a savings account or face generally difficulties to make use of financial product.

The G7 Deauville Partnership launched the Action Plan for Financial Inclusion in the Middle East and North Africa in April 2015. Following up on this, the Central Bank of Jordan, the Arab Monetary Fund, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit are pleased to announce the second edition of the high-level policy conference on financial inclusion dedicated to the topic “Advancing Women’s Financial Inclusion in the Arab World”




Advancing women’s financial inclusion

The high-level policy conference aims to stimulate policy dialogue with a focus on the advancement of financial inclusion for women with special attention to regulatory barriers, policy changes and innovative solutions for financial inclusion of women. The conference will highlight innovative and successful policy approaches and best practices from the region and beyond.

The event takes place at the Dead Sea on November 22nd – 23rd, 2016 and will set up the stage for an exclusive gathering of high-level policy makers enabling exceptional opportunity for networking with regional and international professionals.

The overarching theme of “Advancing Women’s Financial Inclusion in the Arab World” will feature the topics:

  • Solutions to enhance access to finance for women-owned business
  • Closing the gender gap by addressing social norms
  • Responsible finance and financial education
  • Understanding demand-side barriers for data collection

The second day of the conference will especially feature a capacity-building programme on financial inclusion strategies, which is exclusively offered for technical staff from Central Banks and other public administrations.

We are very much looking forward to welcome our regional and international partners in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the beautiful setting of the Dead Sea.




Two days of extensive program

The conference will feature two days of extensive program on financial inclusion of women. It is designed to allow for knowledge exchange on pressing policy and regulatory challenges across the region and beyond as well as to stimulate networking.

First Day

Second Day

The conference will be opened by His Excellency Dr. Ziad Fariz, Governor of the CBJ, His Excellency Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Hamidy, Chairman of the AMF, and Dr. Jochen Salow, Head of Regional Department at GIZ.

Madame Graca Machel, founder of New Faces New Voices and of the Graca Machel Trust, will provide the keynote speech.

A panel on regulatory barriers and policy challenges for women’s financial inclusion will be followed by breakout sessions about enhancing access to finance for women owned-businesses, closing the gender gap by addressing social norms or sex-disaggregated data.

The day will end with a panel on innovative financial solutions and digital financial services for women.

The second day features a capacity development programme by experts and policy-makers from the field. It covers sessions on data collection, empowering women through financial literacy as well as case studies on the manifold issues to women’s financial inclusion and good practices to overcome those.


More than 20 experts and policy-makers

The conference will feature more than 20 expert and policymakers from the region and beyond. They will share their knowledge and experience in women’s financial inclusion to enable participants to address the policy challenges ahead.


At the lowest point on Earth

The conference will take place at the Dead Sea in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The salty lake is located at the lowest points on Earth and is a unique attraction in the region. Further information on conference logistics (such as accommodation options, airport transfer, etc.) will be provided as soon as possible.


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