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FinDev Guide to Data - Tracking the Global Response to COVID-19

Data relevant for microfinance and financial inclusion
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Many organizations are mobilizing resources to track various responses to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The majority of the new data sources and trackers these organizations produce focus on publicly available information about fiscal, monetary, and regulatory responses to COVID-19. The relevance of this information to microfinance and financial inclusion varies. To help our community navigate this complex web of data, we are listing most important sources and trackers by the level of their relevance to the sector:

  • Relevant: Tracks specific indicators related to microfinance and financial inclusion especially in the context of crises.  
  • Partially Relevant: Provides information that may be relevant to the microfinance sector and financial inclusion. Key indicators focus on broad policy measures or market responses; users must scan datasets to find relevant information.
  • Useful for Broader Context: Does not directly relate to microfinance or financial inclusion but may be useful in a broader context to answer research questions.

We will regularly update this FinDev Guide as more data becomes available. Please let us know if you spot similar trackers by posting a link in the comments section below or send us a quick note and, if relevant, we'll add it to this list.

Tracking Government Financial Sector Responses

Yale Program on Financial Stability COVID-19 Financial Response Tracker

Who: Yale Program on Financial Stability
What: Tracker collects economic policy responses aimed at combating the negative effects of the coronavirus outbreak, from official government websites around the world. Includes a Google sheet updated daily and data visualization.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Partially Relevant
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Daily
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Prudential Regulatory Measures in Response to COVID-19

Who:  Institute of International Finance (IIF)
What: Tracks prudential measures including capital and liquidity requirements, default and NPL-related measures in response to COVID-19. Data available for 30, mostly high-income, jurisdictions.   prudential, securities and related regulatory measures adopted internationally.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Partially Relevant
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Daily
Access Data: On this page, scroll down to the middle section to find the link entitled: Database file: COVID-19 Regulatory Measures

Global Policy Responses to COVID-19

Who:  Institute of International Finance (IIF)
What: A tracker of actions and policy proposals being considered in individual countries in response to COVID-19 to limit the damage, stabilize the financial system, and promote economic recovery. 
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Partially Relevant
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Weekly
Access Data: On this page, scroll down to the middle section to find the link entitled: Database file: COVID-19 Global Policy Response Summary

IMF Policy Tracker

Who: International Monetary Fund
What:  This policy tracker summarizes the key economic responses governments are taking to limit the human and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tracker includes 193 economies.  
Relevance to Financial Inclusion:  Relevant
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Weekly
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AFI Covid-19 Policy Response

Who: Alliance for Financial Inclusion 
What: This tracker follows interventions by AFI member institutions that include central banks, fiscal authorities, and organizations aimed at restoring financial stability.  
Relevance to Financial Inclusion:  Relevant
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Every two business days
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Social Protection and Jobs Responses to COVID-19: A Real-Time Review of Country Measures

Who:  Ugo Gentilini, World Bank Economist
What: A "living paper" updated weekly providing a list by country of social protection and jobs responses to COVID-19.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Partially Relevant
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Weekly
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Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT)

Who:  Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford 
What: Tracks publicly available information on 11 indicators of government response, such as school closings, travel bans, fiscal and monetary measures, and emergency investment in healthcare.  
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Useful for Broader Context
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Daily
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Interventions of States in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak (India)

Who: Dvara Research
What: A list of relief measures adopted by the central and state governments in India in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, separated by categories of beneficiaries. These include measures for the general public and specific measures for women, pensioners, informal workers and other populations in the form of additional cash transfers, in-kind transfers, wage payments and credit facilities among others. 
Relevance to Financial Inclusion:  Relevant
Regional Focus: India
Updated: Daily
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Insurance Regulatory Actions Taken in Response to COVID-19

Who:  Institute of International Finance (IIF)
What: Tracks actions taken by insurance standard setters and supervisors, for over 20 jurisdictions including countries, regions and U.S. states.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Partially Relevant
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Daily
Access Data: On this page, scroll down to the middle section to find the link entitled: Database file: COVID-19 Insurance Regulatory Measures

COVID-19 Finance Sector Related Policy Responses

Who: World Bank
What: A summary of policy measures taken by country and type of measure in support of the financial sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Partially Relevant
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Weekly
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Tracking Socio-Economic Impact

COVID-19 and Your Finances - BFA Global Worldwide Survey

Who: BFA Global
What: Survey results of over 1,400 respondents in 7 countries (India, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States) showing how people at the bottom of the pyramid are dealing with this novel coronavirus.  BFA has also made the survey instrument available to the public in both English and Spanish, so that other researchers may add to this dataset and share their findings.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Relevant
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Unknown
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RECOVR Research Hub

Who: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
What: The RECOVR Research Hub centralizes surveys, evaluations, and datasets documenting the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in low- and middle-income countries.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Partially Relevant
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Unknown
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COVID-19 Africa Watch

Who: Milken Institute
What: A hub for information, analysis, and the global response to COVID-19’s impact on Africa, including the impact on poverty and the responses of multilateral institutions.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Partially Relevant
Regional Focus: Africa
Updated: Unknown
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COVID-19 Tracking Survey

Who: insight2impact, FinMark Trust
What: This tracker displays survey results on the topics of health and risk behaviors, food security, income, work and job security, personal safety concerns, and access to government and community support.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Partially Relevant
Regional Focus: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa
Updated: Unknown
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Tracking Fintech and Telecom/ICT Sector Responses

REG4COVID Platform

Who: International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
What: This portal is maintained by ITU and provides a collection of policy and regulatory responses to the coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting the telecom/ICT sector. The portal also tracks responses by telecom/ICT operators and service providers.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Partially Relevant
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Daily
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A List of Fintech Firms Providing Free Technology During The Coronavirus Crisis

Who: Forbes
What: To help banks help their customers through these trying times, many fintech providers are extending free, discounted, or accelerated deployment offers to financial institutions. 
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Partially Relevant
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Daily
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Tracking Funding

Funding the Response to COVID-19

Who:  DevEx
What:   Analysis of funding opportunities with summary statistics by donor type, geography and focus area.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Useful for Broader Context
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Weekly
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Trends in International Funding for Financial Inclusion

Who:  CGAP
What: CGAP’s Funder Survey provides data on the funding flows for financial inclusion to help funders make informed decisions on funding allocation, improve coordination among funders, and shed light on when and how to adjust their efforts to meet targeted objectives. The Survey is the most comprehensive resource available on international funding for microfinance and financial inclusion. 
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Useful for Broader Context
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Yearly
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Humanitarian Aid Contributions

Who:  Financial Tracking Service, managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA
What: FTS aims to present a complete picture of all international humanitarian funding flows. Since 1992, it has collected reports on humanitarian funding flows submitted by Government donors, UN-administered funds, UN agencies, NGOs and other humanitarian actors and partners, including the private sector.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Useful for Broader Context
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Yearly
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Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy: Data to Drive Decisions

Who:  The Center for Disaster Philanthropy & Candid
What: An interactive dashboard that provides an analysis of disaster-related funding by foundations, governments, corporations, and individuals. Funding trends, can help donors make more strategic decisions about their investments in the full life cycle of disasters, including preparedness and recovery efforts.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Useful for Broader Context
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Yearly
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Other Related Data

Understanding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Through Data

Who:  The World Bank Development Data Group
What: The portal provides an array of real-time data, statistical indicators, and other types of data that are relevant to the coronavirus pandemic. The data are drawn from the World Bank’s data catalog and other authoritative sources.  
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Useful for Broader Context
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Daily
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COVID-19 Global Impact Study - Economic Impact

Who: Premise
What:  Premise, a global marketplace for data conducts a series of weekly surveys to understand the impact COVID-19 is having on people’s daily lives and spending with a specific focus on the immediate and downstream economic impacts.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Useful for Broader Context
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Weekly
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SDG Tracker

Who: Our World In Data
What: Tracks 232 indicators of progress towards SDGs. It presents data across all available indicators from the Our World in Data database, using official statistics from the UN and other international organizations. Users can browse relevant datasets by SDG.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Useful for Broader Context
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Varies based on indicator
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Mobility Restrictions COVID-19

Who:  The International Organization for Migration (IOM)

What: To better understand how COVID-19 affects global mobility, IOM is mapping the impacts on human mobility, at global, regional and country level. 

Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Useful for Broader Context

Regional Focus: Global

Updated: Daily

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COVID-19 Global Labor & Employment Tracker

Who:  Dentos

What:  Understand what responsibilities you have as an employer in relation to COVID-19, across multiple countries.

Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Useful for Broader Context

Regional Focus: Global

Updated: Unknown

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We will regularly update this FinDev Guide as more data becomes available. Please let us know if you spot similar trackers by posting a link in the comments section below or send us a quick note and, if relevant, we'll add it to this list.

For a listing of other data sources relevant for microfinance and financial inclusion, go to our data page.

Additional Resources on COVID-19 

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