The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion together with MasterCard today launched Mapping the Invisible Market, a major research initiative as part of the Financial Inclusion 2020 campaign. Additionally, the organizations launched an interactive website that provides data visualizations to bring the research to life. Mapping the Invisible Market will consist of a series of research papers looking at how demographics, income, urbanization, and other issues affect financial inclusion, at a time when over 2 billion people don’t use formal financial services. The first report, Looking Through the Demographic Window, details how profound demographic shifts in the developing world have implications for how people can save, invest, or transfer money. For example:
- Over the next decade, 68% of the world’s population growth will be in less developed countries. These countries are poised for economic growth – but they must invest in financial inclusion if all their citizens are to take part.
- These less developed countries are also aging. In 1950, 1 in 20 people worldwide was elderly; by 2050 it will be 1 in 5. Financial inclusion policy makers should consider the great need for savings to carry people through their later years.
- Growing Income, Growing Inclusion: How rising incomes at the base of the pyramid will shape financial inclusion.
- The effect of urbanization: Examines how urbanization affects those who are and are not in the financial mainstream.
- Data Explorer: a dashboard that displays the information from over 80 indicators and geographic areas in bar charts, bubble graphs and maps.
- Country Profiles: allows users to explore any country or region’s financial inclusion and demographic profiles.
About the Center for Financial Inclusion at AccionThe Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI) was launched in 2008 to help bring about the conditions to achieve full financial inclusion around the world. Constructing a financial inclusion sector that reaches everyone with quality services will require the combined efforts of many actors. CFI contributes to full inclusion by collaborating with sector participants to tackle challenges beyond the scope of any one actor, using a toolkit that moves from thought leadership to action. About Financial Inclusion 2020 FI2020 aims to build a movement that mobilizes stakeholders around the globe to achieve full inclusion using the year 2020 as a focal point to galvanize action. The campaign engages diverse players who can expand financial inclusion through two initiatives: the research project Mapping the Invisible Market and a Roadmap to Financial Inclusion which will be carried out through a consultative process leading to a global forum in 2013, with the ultimate goal to advance the agenda through coordinated, effective, collaborative actions to be undertaken by global partners, both public and private.