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.
By: Lara Storm, Director of Financial Inclusion
Equitable Access: Is the rapidly expanding financial sector helping Ivory Coast reach full financial inclusion?
Five years after the bloody post-election crisis, Ivory Coast has achieved political and economic stability, though complete national reconciliation is still one of the biggest challenges facing the country. With an annual growth rate of nine percent over the last three years, Ivory Coast is one of the fastest-growing economies on the continent, driven by a high performing agricultural sector and foreign investments to support rebuilding of local infrastructure.
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.
MIX is excited to announce the launch of a recently updated financial inclusion dashboard, the Kenya Workbook. This series of interactive data visualizations is the second iteration of the workbook, originally launched in 2014, that explores financial access points in the East African country. As in the initial workbook, GPS coordinates of financial access points were collected by Brand Fusion and FSD Kenya, enabling the creation of the interactive dashboards. In the current workbook, points of agricultural activity have been integrated, allowing users to examine the intersection of the two industries. Additionally, select indicators from the FinAccess Survey (2015) have been included to uncover insights related to the financial behavior of people at the county (second administrative) level. Finally, the dashboard incorporates information on local infrastructure (roads, railroads and airports), population data (density, demographics), and other socio-economic data for a deeper understanding of the state of financial inclusion across Kenya.
Peru has been praised in recent years as a country deeply committed to reaching full financial inclusion. And the country has certainly earned that recognition, reaching around 91% of the adult population as of 2014. Yet, despite Peru’s rapid increase in formal financial services coverage there are still districts where Financial Service Providers (FSPs) have yet to arrive.