The Global Findex Database 2017

23 Apr 2018
  • Asli Demirgüç-Kunt
  • Leora Klapper
  • Dorothe Singer
  • Saniya Ansar
  • Jake Hess

The Global Findex database is the world’s most comprehensive data set on how adults save, borrow, make payments, and manage risk. Launched with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the database has been published every three years since 2011. The data are collected in partnership with Gallup, Inc., through nationally representative surveys of more than 150,000 adults in over 140 economies. The 2017 edition includes updated indicators on […]


Toward Universal Financial Inclusion in China: Models, Challenges, and Global Lessons

18 Apr 2018
  • Dangwei Bai
  • Rundong Jiang
  • Tiandu Wang
  • Jennifer Chien
  • Douglas Randall

Learning from China’s financial inclusion experience over the past 15 years. This report examines in detail China’s approach to financial inclusion over the past 15 years. It benchmarks China’s progress against peer economies and analyzes key developments and factors in China’s financial inclusion experience. The report also outlines remaining challenges to achieving further advances in financial inclusion in China, and distills key lessons for policymakers in other countries to develop […]


Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and blockchain

13 Apr 2018
  • Harish Natarajan
  • Solvej Krause
  • Helen Gradstein

The financial sector is currently undergoing a major transformation, brought about by the rapid development and spread of new technologies. The confluence of ‘finance’ and ‘technology’ is often referred to as ‘Fintech’, typically describing companies or innovations that employ new technologies to improve or innovate financial services. ‘Fintech’ developments are seen across all areas of the financial sector, including payments and financial infrastructures, consumer and SME lending, insurance, investment management, […]