“The 2015 Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project Report” by Brookings Institution

Published in August 2015

Over recent times, financial inclusion has been creeping up the political agenda in several countries and has ceased to be a theoretical idea dreamed up at international summits. As more and more people and institutions are praising the benefits of financial inclusion, the Brookings Institute has tried to measure the efforts made in 21 countries with widely different geographical, economic and political characteristics. They have used 33 indicators and asked three fundamental questions: 1) Do country commitments make a difference in progress toward financial inclusion?; 2) To what extent do mobile and other digital technologies advance financial inclusion?; and 3) What legal, policy, and regulatory approaches promote financial inclusion?

Understanding financial inclusion to mean appropriate, affordable and easy access to financial services, Brookings publishes a Financial and Digital Inclusion Project Scorecard for 2015 (FDIP).

The authors analysed the financial inclusion landscape in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, and Zambia.