Global Financial Inclusion (Global Findex) Database


How people in 148 economies save, borrow, make payments, and manage risk

The Global Findex Database is a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to measure how people around the world - including the poor, women, and rural residents - manage their day-to-day finances and plan for the future.

The 2011 database contains the first round of Global Findex indicators, measuring how adults in 148 economies save, borrow, make payments, and manage risk. The dataset can be used to develop a deeper and more nuanced understanding of how adults around the world use formal and informal financial services. By making it possible to identify segments of the population excluded from the formal financial sector, the data can help policy makers prioritize reforms and design new policies.

The Global Findex indicators are drawn from survey data collected by Gallup, Inc. over the 2011 calendar year, covering more than 150,000 individuals in 148 economies and representing more than 97 percent of the world's adult population. The questionnaire was translated into 142 languages, and interviews were conducted face-to-face or via telephone.The complete set of Global Findex indicators will be collected again in 2014 and 2017.