She Counts was launched by ExxonMobil in partnership with Women’s World Banking and Center for Global Development.


The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) in the United States. The foundation and corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, promote women as catalysts for economic development and combat malaria. In 2005, ExxonMobil launched the Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative, a global effort to help women fulfill their economic potential and drive social change in their communities. ExxonMobil has invested more than $120 million, benefitting tens of thousands of women in more than 90 countries.

Women’s World Banking is the global leader in women’s financial inclusion. Rooted in our deep understanding of the women’s market, we tackle financial inclusion in three interconnected ways: first, by partnering with financial services providers to develop scalable market-driven solutions; second, through our gender-lens private equity fund; and, finally, because diverse institutions are proven to be stronger, we build institutional capacity through leadership and diversity programs. Through this holistic approach and our global reach of 49 institutions in 31 countries, we accelerate economic opportunity for low-income women and growth for financial service providers in the emerging markets.

The Center for Global Development works to reduce global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and active engagement with the policy community. A nimble, independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit think tank, our world-class researchers use cutting edge economic analysis to design new policy solutions across a range of areas that affect development, including women’s economic empowerment. Our work in this area is led by senior fellows Mayra Buvinic and Charles Kenny.

Pilot Program Implementers

TechnoServe is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty. A nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries, we work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. By linking people to information, capital and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting prosperity for their families and communities.

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster and in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we work with global and local leaders to put bold solutions into action. Together, we are helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities — now, and for the future.

The World Bank’s Africa Region Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) conducts impact evaluations, which assess the outcome of development interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa, to generate evidence on how to close the gender gap in earnings, productivity, assets, and agency. With the results of impact evaluations, the GIL supports the design of innovative, scalable interventions to address gender inequality across Africa. The goal is to enable project teams and policymakers to advocate for better gender integration using evidence.


To join the She Counts platform, members must be financial service providers committed to serving low-income women with savings and other financial products. Visit the Join Us page for more information.

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