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Measurement in Financial Inclusion


The increasing prominence of financial inclusion as a tool for development and growth has spawned extensive data-gathering initiatives to measure, understand and improve it. The result is a variety of new measurement frameworks that leverage this data.

Early indications suggest that the financial-inclusion strategies developed and guided by these measurement frameworks may not be leading to the results that policymakers want to achieve.

Our work under the global i2i programme produces dedicated research in the area of financial-inclusion measurement.

The Latest in Measurement in Financial Inclusion

Thinking outside the (financial inclusion) measurement box
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Measurement through the consumer lens
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Deepening measurement in financial inclusion
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New approaches to measuring financial inclusion
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Understanding account usage through a consumer lens
Over the past five years, the move towards digital financial services and simplified account opening procedures has improved the take-up of accounts [...]
BR Research interviews insight2impact
BR Research recently sat down in Islamabad with a team of researchers from the insight2impact (i2i) facility who were on a visit to Pakistan earlier [...]
Good intentions
Why what you measure in financial inclusion is so important to the outcomes you achieve Financial inclusion is increasingly recognised as a policy [...]
Why a plastic bottle trumps a bank account
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Impact: If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far…
They say that "if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together." This is how I feel about achieving an impact. I learnt this [...]