Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is authored by Rubin Japhta, SME Banking and Gender Finance Specialist for the East Asia and the Pacific region at International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group.
Women entrepreneurs across the developing world often face the same roadblock: lack of capital.
Without access to finance, women are excluded from full and productive participation in the global economy. A growing number of Asian countries, however, are taking steps to ease the process—but significant hurdles still remain to improving women’s access to finance.
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