Global Financial Inclusion Database (Global Findex)

This blog series coincides with the release of comparable cross-country demand-side data on how the world’s poor save, borrow, make payments, and manage risk.  The World Bank’s Development Research Group, with a 10-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has constructed the Global Financial Inclusion (Global Findex) Database. As the first public database of indicators that consistently measure people’s use of financial products across 148 economies and over time, the Global Findex database fills a major gap in the financial inclusion data landscape.

The reference citation for the Global Findex data is: Demirguc-Kunt, Asli, and Leora Klapper. 2012. “Measuring Financial Inclusion: The Global Findex Database.” Policy Research Working Paper  6025, World Bank, Washington, DC.


08 June 2012
We should not miss the opportunity for continued investment in data infrastructure. The capability to analyze and interpret data will also be key to advance financial inclusion.
06 June 2012
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Arab policymakers, who long regarded microfinance as charity for the poor, are realizing that a financial system that serves only 20 percent of the population is a key ingredient in the recipe for political instability.
30 May 2012
With the release by Gallup and the World Bank of the Global Findex (Financial Inclusion Index), the path to financial inclusion has just been made a little easier to travel.
24 May 2012
Moving clients to the center of the microfinance discourse is producing new data on who they are and how they use (or could use) financial services.
09 May 2012
We believe both policy making and private sector decision making is much improved when it is rooted in rigorous research and analysis. Better evidence can improve outcomes in a number of ways: