Where We Work
Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
East Asia Department
People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, China, Republic of Korea, Mongolia and Taipei, China
Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
South Asia Department
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Viet Nam.
WFX in Central and West Asia
Our current initiatives in central and west Asia include (1) green finance research in Pakistan that will assess the enabling environment, map the existing green finance initiatives, including those catering to women entrepreneurs, review the barriers facing green finance, and explore potential solutions such as financial products and risk sharing mechanisms; and (2) technology innovation challenge that aims to discover alternative methods of credit scoring that support the collection and analysis of business data for women-owned small- and medium-sized enterprises (WSMES) in Pakistan and that will assist banks and financial institutions to make informed and gender considerate lending decisions.
WFX in the Pacific
Our work in the Pacific is funded by the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) through the Women Accelerating Vibrant Enterprises in Southeast Asia and the Pacific (WAVES). It includes capacity development of FIs and WSMEs and identification of cutting-edge technology.
for WSMEs in
Papua New Guinea
In 2021, ADB partnered with the Center for Excellence in Financial Inclusion (CEFI) to train women- owned small businesses in Papua New Guinea.
Close to 200 women participated in the capacity building trainings aimed at improving skills in digital financial literacy, business planning, and e-commerce.
(Technology Innovation Challenge)
In 2021, WFX conducted a hackathon to identify a solution that will support the collection and analysis of business data for WSMEs in the Pacific which ultimately will help banks and financial institutions to make informed lending decisions that are gender-considerate.
The selected solution is a data collection app provider from Viet Nam. It is now being piloted by a financial institution in Papua New Guinea.