In 2011, cross-border funders committed at least US$25 billion to microfinance or financial services for the poor. CGAP research shows that levels of cross-border funding continued to increase despite the global financial crisis and strained national budgets, but at a much lower growth rate.
This Brief analyzes trends in the international funding landscape based on CGAP research. In 2013, international funders committed at least $31 billion to support financial inclusion—an estimated increase of 7 percent on average per year between 2011 and 2013.
The 2017 CGAP Cross-Border Funder Survey sheds light on key trends and development in international funding for financial inclusion. It shows that funder commitments to financial inclusion reached a historic high of US$37 billion in 2016.
This paper reviews the mounting body of evidence showing that the availability of financial services for poor households (“microfinance”) is a critical contextual factor with strong impact on the achievement of the Milennium Development Goals.