Who We Are

FinEquity is a global community of over 1500 researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and donors working on women's financial inclusion globally. Convened by CGAP, FinEquity envisions a world where women have the capabilities to access, negotiate and control financial services that improve their lives. Goals and strategies are guided by member needs.

Engaging with FinEquity

FinEquity provides a variety of channels and facilitated platforms for members to share experiences, identify key challenges, discuss new ideas, document emerging good practices and solve common problems associated with increasing equitable access to and use of a broad range of financial services. 


FinEquity Annual Meetings are a terrific opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends, old and new. The day-long event includes a combination of panels, group discussions, and pop-ups arranged to showcase important content while allowing for relaxed networking. (Given the current circumstances, the 2020 FinEquity Annual Meeting will be virtual, stay tuned-for further information.)

FinEquity Socials are informal gatherings hosted by members of our community anywhere around the globe. Often held on the sidelines of regional events, they are an ideal way to meet local peers and to increase awareness of FinEquity issues at a grassroots level. For further information about hosting a FinEquity Social contact FinEquity@cgap.org

FinEquityALC: This Spanish-language discussion forum is intended to broaden engagement and exchange on women’s financial inclusion across the Latin American and Caribbean region. The FinEquityALC community has its own Dgroups and FinDev Gateway Web Pages

FinEquity LinkedIn Group: The FinEquity LinkedIn Group is particularly suited for members seeking to grow their professional networks, develop new partnerships and share materials of interest.

Member Spotlights: Spotlights promote greater exchange and collaboration across the FinEquity community by showcasing the work of a cross-section of FinEquity members. Members Spotlights are often included in the Newsletter and always shared on the FinEquity Blog.


FinEquity Newsletter: Learn from summaries of important FinEquity discussions, stay informed through our curated reading list, view recent webinars and read Peer Review summaries, share your news, and update your calendar with our list of upcoming member events, webinars, RFPs and publications. Visit our Newsletter Archive, and subscribe to receive the FinEquity monthly Newsletter in your email inbox.

Dgroups: The easiest, most immediate way to connect with the FinEquity community. The FinEquity Dgroups list-serve allows you to participate in discussions, promote events and webinars, ask questions, connect with peers and share updates. Our Dgroups Information Sheet has all of the information you'll need to sign-up, set email preferences, join discussions and start your own conversations. Sign-up to join the FinEquity Dgroups.

Twitter: For the most recent developments from the broader FinEquity community follow us on Twitter using @WFIchampions- with #FinEquity for English language content and #FinEquityALC for Spanish. FinEquity members are welcome to send social media kits for retweeting to FinEquity@cgap.org


Webinars: Engage with peers and learn about innovative new research, practices and helpful tools. These 1-hour webinars cover a wide range of issues relevant to our community and are facilitated by FinEquity Working Group leads. Recordings are made available on our Events Page and often include recommended reading and follow-ups to Q&A.

Peer Reviews: A valuable opportunity for FinEquity members to receive input from a specially selected group of experts regarding new research, publications or other knowledge products they are producing. Facilitated by a member of the FinEquity team, Peer Reviews can be in-person, virtual or one-to-one consultations. For information on how to request a FinEquity Peer Review for your work program contact us at FinEquity@cgap.org

Resources: Find reports, conceptual models, case studies, policy briefs, Peer Reviews and a host of other specially curated materials to support your work on our Resources Page. By gathering our community’s most relevant resources, FinEquity supports collaborative learning and continued exchange of information, while reducing institutional learning curves and duplication of efforts. 

#DGroupsDialogues: Members interested in drawing upon the collective expertise of the FinEquity community for their work are invited to host a #DGroupsDialogues held on our Dgroups channel within a designated period of time on topics ranging from research issues to implementation challenges and questions sparked by new publications. #DgroupsDialogues are produced together with a FinEquity Working Group lead. For more information see our How-To Use #DGroupsDialogues graphic.


FinEquity Blog: A carefully curated selection of views and news from a cross-section of experts, funders and practitioners shaping the conversation around women’s financial inclusion globally. See our Blogging Guidelines for information on how you might contribute to the FinEquity Blog, we are particularly interested in publishing original content and hearing from new voices. 

Working Groups: Interested in engaging more deeply on key thematic issues? Working Groups convene by theme - currently Social Norms, Technology, and Data and Measurement - and collaborate on activities such as webinars, research and content development. During regularly-held virtual meetings Working Group members determine how to address knowledge gaps, enhance collaboration among members and promote broad-scale knowledge sharing.

FinEquity Gender Bootcamp: Targeted primarily at non-gender specialists, the FinEquity Gender Bootcamp provides training on gender analytics and the role of sex-disaggregated data in advancing women’s financial inclusion. It is offered in conjunction with the FinEquity Annual Meeting and also on a demand basis. For more information contact FinEquity@cgap.org.

Meet the FinEquity Team

Deena Burjorjee

Deena Burjorjee is a financial inclusion specialist and Lead Facilitator of FinEquity. She has authored numerous papers on access to finance topics related to gender, refugees, and market systems development, and she has produced technical guides to support the capacity development of member-based associations. She has a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. She has taught courses and workshops on microfinance at the university’s Graduate School for International and Public Affairs. She was a technical adviser and program manager at the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Capital Development Fund in 1997–2006. 


Yasmin Bin-Humam works on analyzing excluded segments to more closely examine who remains financially excluded and how financial services might impact their lives. She also serves as a focal point for CGAP’s gender mainstreaming and is the program manager for FinEquity. Yasmin has Juris Doctorate and master’s degrees from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard.  


Diana Dezso leads the Data and Measurement Working Group of FinEquity. Diana has 20 years of experience in the financial inclusion sector. She specializes in knowledge management, organizational development and learning, capacity assessments, program implementation and evaluation, and new business development. She has worked in senior leadership positions of international organizations in both Washington DC and the field, including the SEEP Network and ACCION USA. Diana has an MPA from New York University. She is fluent in Romanian, proficient in Spanish, and speaks basic French. 

Catherine Hights

Catherine Highet leads the Technology working group at FinEquity. Prior to this role, she worked with the GSMA Connected Women program and FHI 360, focusing on digital inclusion activities, including DFS, digital identity and gender equality. Catherine has also consulted for several digital development partners in the public and private sector including IREX, Mozilla and Souktel. 

Nisha Singh

Nisha Singh leads the Social Norms Working Group FinEquity. Prior to that she worked at The SEEP Network, for almost nine years and focused on industry learning, collaboration and standard setting for inclusive financial and market systems. She started her journey in international development in India where she worked for several years on livelihood financing, gender issues and capacity building for microfinance institutions. 


Dietlind Lerner is the communications lead for FinEquity. In this position, she is responsible for spurring greater exchange between our community members and promoting our work with key decision-makers and implementers around the world. Dietlind's past work experience includes communications leadership roles at Greenpeace International, the Open Government Partnership, the Financial Transparency Coalition and the Center for Justice and Accountability. She also spent a decade as a foreign correspondent based in Berlin and Paris covering politics and social justice issues across Europe and Africa.