Global Financial Inclusion (Global Findex) Database


How people around the world 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 around the world 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 more than 140 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 second round of Global Findex indicators was collected in 2014 and is forthcoming in 2015. The set of indicators will be collected again in 2017.

The 2011 Global Findex indicators were revised in 2015 to reflect improvements in the methodology, revisions in the data collection process, and ensure consistency and compatibility with future rounds of the Global Findex database. Compared to the earlier release, the 2011 data for Mozambique, Somalia, and Tunisia are no longer part of the Global Findex database.