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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 the Microfinance Sector

CGAP Pulse Survey of Microfinance Institutions

Who:  CGAP
What:  Launched on 1 June 2020, this monthly survey provides a high-level picture of how COVID-19 is impacting the microfinance sector at the global, regional and national levels. 
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Relevant
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Monthly
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Tracking Socioeconomic Impact

COVID-19 High-Frequency Monitoring Dashboard

Who: World Bank
What: This interactive dashboard tracks the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across countries and over time for 84 indicators in multiple topic areas, including access to financial services, income, safety nets and coping mechanisms. The tool provides results of COVID-19 high-frequency surveys in over 30 countries, which will expand to over 100 countries in 2021. 
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Relevant
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Unknown
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60 _ Decibels: Listening in the Time of COVID-19

Who:  60 _ Decibels
What: Results of phone surveys with over 2,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on their lives. This dataset documents conversations with low-income customers to track how this crisis affects them over time, and to identify their most urgent needs both now and in the future.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Relevant
Regional Focus: Africa, Asia, Latin America
Updated: Weekly
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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
Access Tracker/Download Data - Wave 1 (25-26 Mar) & Wave 2 (11-12 Apr)
Access Tracker/Download Data - Wave 3 (29 May - 5 Jun)

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 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, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia
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 EconData Kenya

Who: FSD Kenya
What: Data to help in targeting economically vulnerable populations and track impacts of the response to COVID-19 on the economy, the financial sector and people's financial lives and resilience.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Relevant
Regional Focus: Kenya
Updated: Unknown
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Coping-Response-Recovery From COVID-19

Who: MicroSave Consulting (MSC)
What: Data on low and middle-income segments with uncertain and irregular incomes focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on their digital lives, and government responses.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Relevant
Regional Focus: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Uganda
Updated: Unknown
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Foreign Workers' Remittances

Who: Bank of Italy
What: Reporting the transfers of money sent abroad by immigrants settled in Italy by means of payment institutions or other authorized intermediaries without using bank accounts.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Relevant
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Quarterly
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Impacts of COVID-19

Who: Dalberg Advisors
What: Data on low-income families who self-identified as below-poverty line (BPL) to help policymakers make timely, informed decisions about meeting the needs of BLP families during the ongoing crisis.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Relevant
Regional Focus: India
Updated: Unknown
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Infographic

COVID-19 and MSMEs: Data and Analysis to Understand Impact

Who: CFI-Accion
What: In June 2020, CFI began a longitudinal survey examining how COVID-19 is impacting MSMEs in four countries: Colombia, India, Indonesia, and Nigeria. Users of this interactive data dashboard can explore how MSME owners are responding to the crisis, and they can dive deeper to view results of the survey based on different market segments – including men and women, firms of different size, and different types of businesses.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Relevant
Regional Focus: Indonesia, Nigeria. Data on Colombia and India forthcoming. 
Updated: Unknown
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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
Access Tracker/Download Data

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

Financial Sector Support Measures in Response to COVID-19

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
Access Tracker/Download Data
Download Raw Data

COVID-19 Policy Response (CPR) Portal

Who: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
What: Policy responses captured through population restrictions, social protection, trade, health, fiscal, and monetary measures.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Partially Relevant
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Regularly
Access Tracker/Download Data
Explore Dashboard

ADB COVID-19 Policy Database

Who: Asian Development Bank (ADB)
What: This database provides information on the key economic measures that authorities are taking to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Measures are classified according to how they work their way through the financial system, and how they affect the financial positions of different sectors of society. The database also tracks non-economic measures.
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Partially Relevant
Regional Focus: Asia
Updated: Unknown
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Tracking Fintech and Telecom/ICT Sector Responses

Mobile Money Regulatory Responses to COVID-19

Who: GSMA
What: This tracker monitors mobile money-specific regulatory policy, government and provider interventions globally, collated using both primary and secondary sources. 
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Partially Relevant
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Weekly
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REG4COVID Platform

Who: International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
What: 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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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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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 from Government donors, UN-administered funds, UN agencies, NGOs and other humanitarian actors and partners, including the private sector. This database reflects all contributions to the global COVID-19 humanitarian response. 
Relevance to Financial Inclusion: Useful for Broader Context
Regional Focus: Global
Updated: Unknown
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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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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
Access Tracker/Download Data

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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Dunja Latinovic , Access to Insurance Initiative, Germany
08 June 2020

The Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii) insurance supervisory response tracker covers supervisory country responses to Covid-19, resources for insurance supervisors as well as news: https://a2ii.org/en/COVID-19-Insurance-Supervisory-Response-Tracker

Abby Augusta , CGAP
09 June 2020

Thank you very much for your message, Dunja. We have actually included the resource you mention on our page featuring Information Hubs on COVID-19: https://www.findevgateway.org/these-organizations-have-resources-covid-…

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