|Title||Financial Access 2009 - Measuring Access to Financial Services around the World|
|Content Language||English (en)|
|Date Of Publication||2009|
|Description||Financial inclusion—providing access to financial services for all— has gained prominence in the past few years as a policy objective for national policymakers, multilateral institutions, and others in the development field. The United Nations designated 2005 the International Year of Microcredit, adopting the goal of building inclusive financial systems. To assist policymakers in designing effective policies and tracking global progress in financial inclusion, the World Bank collected the first set of indicators of financial access in countries around the world in 20052 and updated these indicators for selected countries in 2008.
Building on this work, Financial Access 2009 introduces new data from a survey of financial regulators in 139 countries. It presents indicators of access to savings, credit, and payment services in banks and in regulated nonblank financial institutions—reviewing some policy initiatives that support financial inclusion. As the first in an annual series documenting access to financial services around the world, it is intended for a broad audience of policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and multilateral and bilateral investors.|
|Publisher||CGAP - The World Bank Group|
|Number of Pages||92 pp.|
|Keywords|| FINANCIAL ACCESS, FINANCIAL SERVICES, FINANCIAL INCLUSION|