Boosting Financial Inclusion

Data is key for monitoring progress on financial inclusion.

IMF’s Financial Access Survey (FAS) collects annual data on access to and use of financial services. This dataset, with indicators on access to and use of both traditional financial services and fintech, provides key insights to policymakers to monitor progress in financial inclusion and design inclusive policies. FAS 2018 showed that while countries are making progress, the gender gap persists, calling for more inclusive policies. The FAS is part of the IMF’s broader work on statistics capacity development and is delivered through the Data for Decisions (D4D) Fund.

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