While Haiti has taken great strides in recent years to improve the provision of financial services – access rates rose to 22 percent in 2015 and agent banking has grown in recent years – actors still need a reliable information base to begin targeting specific areas for intervention. To help establish this foundation, USAID’s Finance Inclusive Project, in partnership with MIX, has launched a new interactive data tool that maps financial access points across Haiti, including bank branches, agents and ATMs. As part of the Haiti Finance Inclusive project, implemented by DAI, the geospatial analysis of access points will allow market actors to identify underserved regions and assess opportunities to reach the unbanked.
A recently completed geographic-information-system (GIS) mapping project revealed that between 2015 and 2017, the number of active mobile money agents in Zambia more than doubled, from 3,225 to 6,590.
In 2016, Mexico introduced its national financial inclusion strategy, which is supported by six 'pillars': (1) financial education, (2) technological innovation, (3) the development of financial infrastructure in underserved areas, (4) increased access and use of formal financial services for the underserved and excluded population
Donors play an important role in the development and expansion of financial services, and often have a particular focus on social impact and welfare. Therefore, donors need to properly select the products, partners and target population where they can affect positive change.
Since 2015, financial inclusion has been a top priority of Turkey, with a focus on regional policies. Therefore, monitoring relevant indicators to monitor progress is important. At MIX, we believe that sub-national data mapping can help policy makers design more efficient policies by examining disaggregated supply and demand data to understand the variations on-the-ground.
The Government of Myanmar has supported the development of financial cooperatives since 2012. But, in order to support the expansion strategies where demand is still unmet, MIX’s Interactive Dashboard for Myanmar provides analytical tools for cooperatives to analyze demand and supply within the sector.
In Vietnam, state-owned entities are required to be present uniformly across the country, irrespective of population density. As a result, there is an even distribution of the supply of financial access points and no region seems to be lagging behind. However, that is not the case with other entities that prioritize areas with high population densities.