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A Guide to Global Findex 2021: What You Need to Know

Explore knowledge resources related to the recently released financial inclusion database
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The much-anticipated Global Findex database 2021 was released in June 2022, a year later than planned due to COVID-19. Results from surveys of over 125,000 adults in 123 countries provide fresh insights into how much progress we’ve made towards financial inclusion globally. The new data shows that gender gap in account ownership has narrowed and digital payments are more widely used since the pandemic. Globally, over three quarters of adults have an account at a financial institution or with mobile money providers, up from 68 percent in 2017. We invite you to explore additional key findings in this executive summary or download the complete World Bank report containing an in-depth analysis of account ownership, use of financial services, and financial well-being.

As researchers in the global financial inclusion community pore over the data in the next few months, additional analysis will emerge. We have created this FinDev guide to highlight some of the most recent analytical pieces and will continue to update the guide as new publications become available.

World Bank Resources on Global Findex

Global Findex Database

The Global Findex Database provides around 300 indicators on topics such as account ownership, payments, saving, credit, and financial resilience.

Global Findex Report

This edition of the Global Findex database, outlined in the report, is based on nationally representative surveys of over 125,000 adults in 123 economies during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Recording | Global Findex Report Launch Event

In this replay of the Findex Report Launch Event, global policymakers discuss how financial inclusion can help foster a resilient and inclusive development pathway.

Video | The Global Findex Database 2021: Financial Inclusion, Digital Payments, and Resilience in the Age of COVID-19

This short, interactive video highlights key messages from the findings of the Global Findex survey.

Blog | Unveiling the Global Findex Database 2021 in Five Charts

This blog offers a sneak preview of the key findings from the Findex data on account ownership, gender gap, digital financial inclusion, access to emergency funds along with recommendations for stakeholders to increase financial inclusion going forward.

Community Blogs and Messages on Global Findex

Global Findex: Digitalization in COVID-19 Boosted Financial Inclusion

Digital Tech is Turning the Unbanked Into the Banked

Global Findex 2021: How Digital Wages Empower Bangladeshi Women

Global Findex 2021: Women’s World Banking Response

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Remarks for the Launch of the Global Findex Database

Pre-recorded video address for the launch of the 2021 Global Findex Database. Watch the video.

Three Key Findings That Show That Financial Equality Is Within Reach in Our Lifetime

Reflections on the 2021 Global Findex

Global Findex 2021: Growth, Stagnation, and (Relative) Decline in Global Financial Inclusion

To Build Financial Resilience, We Need to Promote Savings

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