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An initial analysis using the Interactive Dashboard for Senegal, developed with support from UNCDF MM4P, shows that mobile money access points more than doubled from 2016 to 2017, helping meet and serve that growing client usage. In Senegal, it is clear that mobile money operators continue to lead the industry with 95 percent of the country’s access points.

Though Benin’s digital financial services (DFS) footprint still lags behind its neighbors, our most recent analysis shows that financial access in the West African nation continues to improve. Supported by UNCDF MM4P, we were able to analyze financial access point data from December 2017 and make it available through the Interactive Dashboard for Benin.

Financial service providers in Cambodia project stronger growth in GLP than in borrowers, and expect client-indebtedness and competition to impact PAR 30 levels in the future.  The Barometer Forecast for Cambodia is based on responses from 16 institutions providing projections for the quarter ending in June 2018.

Similar to previous forecasts, financial service providers expect slow growth in borrower and GLP levels during the June 2018 quarter.  Additionally, PAR 30 ratios are expected to remain similar to previous quarters.  The Barometer Forecast for Tajikistan is based on projections provided by 19 institutions that responded to the survey for the quarter ending June 2018.  These institutions represent 93% of the market by gross loan portfolio and 89% of the market by borrowers as of FY2016. 

Fifteen financial service providers (FSPs) in Bolivia responded to the Barometer Forecast survey providing projections for the quarter ending in June 2018. These respondents account for 85% of the market by gross loan portfolio (GLP) and 95% by number of borrowers.  FSPs continue to expect stronger growth in their loan portfolios than in borrower levels as similar previous quarters.

We've been busy analyzing reported data from the December 2017 quarter across a number of countries including Nigeria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia and others.  We've also surveyed local financial service providers from Bangladesh, Kenya, Senegal and several other markets.  You can view their expectations for coming quarters by reading our Barometer Forecast report. 

In this guest post, the author explores the potential benefits of integrating disparate digital financial services. Around the globe, two billion individuals lack access to financial services. These same individuals stand to benefit tremendously if they have the financial tools to meet their various, complicated and overlapping needs. Integrated financial services could go a long way in ensuring these individuals are not forced to choose between the education of a child and the health of a family member.

While Haiti has taken great strides in recent years to improve the provision of financial services – access rates rose to 22 percent in 2015 and agent banking has grown in recent years – actors still need a reliable information base to begin targeting specific areas for intervention. To help establish this foundation, USAID’s Finance Inclusive Project, in partnership with MIX, has launched a new interactive data tool that maps financial access points across Haiti, including bank branches, agents and ATMs. As part of the Haiti Finance Inclusive project, implemented by DAI, the geospatial analysis of access points will allow market actors to identify underserved regions and assess opportunities to reach the unbanked.

The latest edition of the MicroCapital Monitor is now available on their website (subscription required).  The April 2018 edition includes briefs on Ant Financial's purchase of a 45% stake in Pakistan's Telenor Microfinance, a food distributor in Kenya's use of mobile data and blockchain for lending, and FMO's syndicated loan for on-lending to agri-businesses in Nigeria.  This edition also includes a special report on this year's European Micr

Our team at MIX is excited to announce the launch of the FY2016 Global Benchmark Report.  This free publication provides a regional analysis based on data reported on over 700 financial service providers with 115 million borrowers and a gross loan portfolio of nearly USD 97 billion.  The analysis is disaggregated by legal type, credit product