Sonal Jaitly

Sonal Jaitly is a Senior Manager in MSC’s BFSI Domain. She is a Gender specialist with over 10 years of experience gained through projects with development banks, international funding agencies, UN Women, MFIs and community-based institutions in India.

Her areas of expertise include research and analysis across a range of gender equality issues, project management and programme design for enhancing women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment. She specialises in promoting women led enterprises, gender mainstreaming with the financial sector, integrating insights from Behavioural Sciences and use of technology and digital financial services to enhance inclusion. She has worked extensively on issues that constrain growth of women led small enterprises, adoption of digital financial services and violence against women in public spaces.

Posts by Sonal Jaitly

GOOTCHA—A framework to build gender-sensitive ID systems

The World Bank estimates that around a billion people across the globe lack a “legal identity.” The gender gap in terms of people’s access to official IDs is considerable in low-income countries, where one in two women lack any form of official ID. This limits financial, social, and political participation for women.

Working paper: A framework for building gender-sensitive identity systems

One in two women in low-income countries lack official identification documents, which limits their financial, social, and political participation. This report explores the design and lifecycle of ID systems from gender and behavioral lenses and proposes a framework to make them more gender-sensitive.

COVID -19 recovery is likely to fail women- digital financial services can help, if designed well

Response to COVID-19 pandemic needs to be gender transformative so that fundamental gender issues like social norms, access to resources etc are addressed . Can digital solutions help?

Will the Pandemic Exacerbate or Mitigate the Digital Gender Gap?

COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on women must be urgently addressed through the provision of digital financial literacy and access.

The need for immediate gender-focused initiatives to promote digital financial services for women amid COVID-19: Insights from India

Through multiple research studies, MSC has assessed the impact of COVID-19 on women and witnessed their survival strategies. This report looks at how women perceive financial services after the pandemic, and what we can do to reduce their vulnerabilities.

Gender: The blind spot of the COVID-19 response in low- and middle-income countries

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges for governments and citizens around the world, straining health systems, economies, and the very social fabric of nations. This blog explores four potential fallouts of COVID-19 that will create lasting socio-economic impact on women in India and other LMI countries.