Starting at home: Female leaders in microfinance institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean


The study, funded by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), assessed the replies received to the survey conducted in 136 microfinance institutions (MFI) in Latin America and the Caribbean, about the status of women in companies.

The report contains some revealing information. It shows that only 18% Board Chairs, 31% of Board Directors, and 39% senior management are women.

It describes the virtues of having diversity in companies, where women contribute their points of view from management positions. It provides qualitative information and data about the advantages of diversifying organs of management and comments on the traditional barriers preventing women from rising up to senior management.

It analyses possible measures, programmes and internal policies that companies could implement that would make female talent more visible.