19 July 2018 - Building an effective strategy to ensure Vietnam’s entire population can benefit from financial tools requires data that can inform policies, support business intelligence, and contribute to healthy market development. With generous support from MetLife Foundation and as part of MIX’s FINclusion Lab project, the Interactive Dashboard for Vietnam uses geospatial data analytics to support the development of an inclusive financial services sector.
With generous support from MetLife Foundation, our team at MIX was able to map financial access points in Myanmar against a number of demand-side indicators to get a full picture of the state of financial access in the country. This Interactive Dashboard for Myanmar helps users understand the geographic distribution of access points and determine which areas are underserved.
One trend illuminated by the 2017 Global Findex data, and perhaps the trend that has, rightfully so, brought about the most consternation, is the persistent gender gap. Three years on from the previous Global Findex, women still lagged behind men in account ownership by seven percentage points globally, and nine percentage points in developing markets. While this gap is significant and significantly distressing, aggregate numbers often hide many of the realities on the ground, which is why FINclusion Lab uses granular data to uncover local insights for national solutions. In the case of Turkey, more must be done to reverse a growing gender gap.
An initial analysis using the Interactive Dashboard for Senegal, developed with support from UNCDF MM4P, shows that mobile money access points more than doubled from 2016 to 2017, helping meet and serve that growing client usage. In Senegal, it is clear that mobile money operators continue to lead the industry with 95 percent of the country’s access points.
Though Benin’s digital financial services (DFS) footprint still lags behind its neighbors, our most recent analysis shows that financial access in the West African nation continues to improve. Supported by UNCDF MM4P, we were able to analyze financial access point data from December 2017 and make it available through the Interactive Dashboard for Benin.
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.