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The new government in Benin has ambitious plans for the economy. Addressing financial inclusion should be a key component.

In early December, MTN Rwanda announced it surpassed 1 million active mobile money users, a testament to the important contribution digital financial services (DFS) are making to inclusive finance.

Helping stakeholders move the needle on financial inclusion around the world.

With only 24% of adults in urban areas with access to financial services, Mozambique lags behind its peers in financial inclusion. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the numbers are even lower with rural and female population. In July 2016, Mozambique introduced a new financial inclusion strategy designed to increase access to financial services from 24 percent to 60 percent of the population by 2022.

As Global Findex reports, only 18% of adults in Malawi have access to a bank account and just 6% have access to formal lending. According to data from the United Nations, 84 percent of the population in Malawi lives in rural areas, which, along with its ethnic and linguistic diversity, presents unique challenges for increasing financial inclusion.  

In November 2014, Kerala became one of the first states in India where every household had access to at least one bank account. The Ministry of Finance applauded this result, declaring it a “100 percent saturated state”. However, a recent estimate found that a large number of accounts are dormant or inoperative and, further, that many individuals hold multiple bank accounts, which presents overindebtedness concerns. Yet, even without full saturation, Kerala remains a leader in financial inclusion in India and, thus, the industry can learn from its accomplishments.

Cinq ans après la crise postélectorale sanglante, la Côte d’Ivoire a atteint une stabilité politique et économique, bien qu’une réconciliation nationale complète reste l’un des plus grands défis qu’affronte le pays. Avec un taux de croissance annuel de 9 % au cours des trois dernières années, la Côte d’Ivoire est une des économies les plus dynamiques du continent africain, grâce à un secteur agricole très performant et à des investissements étrangers qui soutiennent la reconstruction de l’infrastructure locale.

En 2014, seulement 16 % des adultes du Bénin avaient de compte auprès d’un établissement financier (1), contre 29 % des adultes en Afrique subsaharienne. Alors que le marché des services financiers numériques commence à se développer au Bénin, moins de 1 % de la population utilise activement les services de mobile money (2). Bien qu’il existe quelques initiatives prometteuses en cours, si le Bénin veut progresser vers une plus grande inclusion financière, il doit forger des partenariats au sein de son secteur financier pour atteindre les populations non bancarisées.

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