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.
The CGAP Cross-Border 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 implemented since 2012 in partnership with MIX, a unit at the Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI), it alternates between surveying a full set of 50-plus funders and a smaller set 20-plus of the largest funders worldwide. In years when the smaller set is surveyed, total funding is estimated by adjusting the survey results against the full set of funders. This enables the global estimate to be reported and compared annually despite the differing sample sizes. The CGAP Funder Survey is the most comprehensive resource available on international funding for microfinance and financial inclusion.