Using granular figures to design development policies in Turkey

Rovshan Rahimov|Dec, 2017

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. MIX’s Interactive Dashboard for Turkey offers a simple and intuitive method for policy makers to conduct analyses at the national, regional, provincial, and even district levels. The examples below demonstrate how our tools can uncover key insights into financial access in Turkey.

 

Turkey financial inclusion data

 

When designing or reviewing development policies, policy makers often look at aggregated data at regional level. In the case of the graph above, we can see that financial services are not distributed equally among the population because there are fewer access points per inhabitants in regions such as Central East Anatolia or Southeast Anatolia. On the other hand, despite having the highest population in the country, the Istanbul and Aegan regions offer the greatest number of access points per inhabitants. Therefore, with this intelligence, policy makers can easily see which areas are underserved.

 

turkey financial access data

 

However, if we take a closer look at the Southeast Anatolia region, we can see that there are disparities at the provincial level. For instance, Gaziantep (192 access points for nearly two million inhabitants) province is above average while Sanliurfa is well below average with only 97 access points for nearly two million inhabitants. In order address these disparities and introduce effective policies, it is important for policy makers to understand the realities of financial access at granular levels.

 

For more such insightful analyses, visit our Interactive Dashboard for Turkey.