Financial Access Survey

The Financial Access Survey, launched in 2009, is a supply-side dataset on access to and use of financial services aimed at supporting policymakers to measure and monitor financial inclusion and benchmark progress against peers. The FAS is based on administrative data collected by central banks and other financial regulators.

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The dataset covers 189 countries spanning more than 10 years and contains 121 time-series on financial access and use. To facilitate cross-country comparison, the FAS also publishes 64 indicators that are normalized relative to the size of adult population, land area, and gross domestic product.

The data is disaggregated by the type of financial service provider (e.g. commercial banks, credit unions, and microfinance institutions) and the type of financial service (e.g. deposits, loans, and insurance). The FAS started collecting data on mobile money in 2014 and gender-disaggregated data in 2017.