11 August 2023

The Role Regulators Play in Closing the Financial Inclusion Gender Gap: A Case Study of the Solomon Islands

Demand for formal financial products and services in the Solomon Islands does exist, but women primarily lean towards informal forms of saving and borrowing.

Most Solomon Islanders transact in cash and women especially prefer to save at home, with 53 percent of women reporting that they save in a “secret place at home".

For the past decade, the Solomon Islands government and the Central Bank of Solomon Islands have prioritized financially including the unbanked, specifically identifying women, rural individuals, and informal workers as target groups.

Learn more about the current state of women’s financial inclusion in Solomon Islands.


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