Ivory Coast has long been a thriving economy within the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). It remains a regional power despite a decade of political crisis that culminated at the end of 2010 when the two presidential candidates both claimed to have won the election. This led to a national conflict that weakened the economy and made the population more vulnerable.
Benin is a small country characterized by its sizeable informal economy and the substantial share of GDP generated by the agricultural sector. Poverty remains high, especially outside urban areas and one third of the Beninese live below the national poverty line. The agriculture sector is working to maximize its potential through increasing the level of processing of agricultural products.
With the signing of the Maya Declaration in 2011, Zambia’s government formalized its commitment to financial inclusion. The Bank of Zambia (BOZ) pledged to work towards four key goals:
Uganda is a key market in the rapidly evolving financial landscape of the East African Community (EAC). New infrastructure developments, ongoing technological advancements, and an increasing focus from both the public and private sectors on financial services make this a pivotal time to begin monitoring financial inclusion developments across the country.
Which districts have the highest concentration of financial inclusion actors? How does the coverage of these services correlate with the basic demography and infrastructure across a given country?
In partnership with the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, MIX has launched 3 new Maps of Financial Inclusion – Peru, Guatemala, and Bolivia – to allow users to view the extent of financial services outreach in rural areas. With these maps, local policymakers and practitioners can begin identifying trends in what types of financial institutions are available in each market and better understand the scope of financial support to rural households and their livelihoods.
Kenya has been among the most frequently-cited countries in discussions of financial inclusion, especially surrounding the rise of mobile money. Given this rapid change, what types of financial services does someone in Kenya have access to today? Is there equal access throughout the country or is it concentrated or missing in certain areas?
The South Africa Map of Financial Inclusion maps data on more than 40,000 points of service in South Africa, covering a wider range of providers than in any other survey of the market. The data goes beyond commercial banks and MFIs to cover pawnshops, cash loan providers, retailers and all types of credit providers in the market. The map integrates data on population, and surveys on poverty and financial access to put the locations of these providers in context.