Donors and investors need to continue thinking about and adapting their roles in an increasingly complex financial inclusion landscape. Knowing who is funding what, and where, is a good starting point. It can help funders make informed decisions on funding allocation, improve coordination among funders, and shed light on when and how to adjust their efforts to meet targeted objectives.
CGAP’s Funder Survey provides data on the funding flows for financial inclusion, based on the premise that better information leads to better funding decisions. Conducted annually since 2008 and in partnership with MIX since 2012, the CGAP Funders Survey is the most comprehensive resource available on international funding for microfinance and financial inclusion. Institutions or individuals with ownership and decision-making power over funds for financial inclusion participate in the survey. The survey alternates between surveying a full set of 54 and a subset of 23 of the largest funders worldwide. The subset of 23 funders accounts for 83 percent of the commitments from the survey’s full set of 54 funders and 60 percent of the global estimated commitments.