Responsible Finance Forum

EIU Global Microscope 2016

29 November 2016

The Global Microscope 2016: The enabling environment for financial inclusion assesses the regulatory environment for financial inclusion across 12 indicators and 55 countries. The Microscope was originally developed for countries in the Latin American and Caribbean regions in 2007 and was expanded into a global study in 2009.

Most of the research for this report, which included interviews and desk analysis, was conducted between April and August 2016. This work was supported by funding from the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group; the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, and the MetLife Foundation.


The complete index, as well as detailed country analysis, can be viewed on these websites:

Please use the following when citing this report: EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit), 2016; Global Microscope 2016: The enabling environment for financial inclusion; Sponsored by MIF/IDB, Accion and the Metlife Foundation. EIU, New York, NY. For further information, please contact: