2017 Global Findex: What You Need to Know

The Global Findex is the world's most comprehensive data set on financial inclusion. Launched with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and published every three years, it consists of nationally representative surveys of roughly 150,000 adults in more than 140 economies. When the Global Findex was first launched in 2011, just 51 percent of the world's adult population owned a financial account. The 2017 Global Findex shows that 1.2 billion adults have opened an account since then, bringing the share of financially included adults to 69 percent. Yet progress has been uneven among economies, and usage continues to be a challenge.

What are the key findings from the latest Findex? What can be done to close the gender gap in developing countries, which has persisted at 9 percentage points? In this blog series, CGAP digs into the latest Findex data for answers to these and other questions of critical importance for the financial inclusion community going forward. 

Bank without office
07 August 2018
The number of people with financial accounts has grown rapidly, but account dormancy remains a problem, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and India.
Villagers use mobile phone in Philippines
30 July 2018
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The rate of access to new accounts has slowed in recent years, but there are reasons to be optimistic about the future of financial inclusion.
24 July 2018
Bangladesh has made great strides toward financial inclusion, but many challenges remain -- including one of the largest gender gaps in the world.
Woman on bicycle in Cote d'Ivoire
26 June 2018
Mobile money is driving overall progress in financial inclusion in Côte d’Ivoire, but it’s also highlighting a digital divide that could leave excluded segments behind if not dealt with through smart policy.
21 June 2018
Mobile money account ownership tripled in Ghana from 2014 to 2017, making the country one of the fastest growing mobile money markets in Africa. How? Smart regulations played a key role.

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