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Mapping the Financial Sector

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The data in the Mapping the Financial Sector reports goes beyond commercial banks and MFIs to cover pawnshops, cash loan providers, retailers and all types of credit providers in the market.  The map integrates data on population, and surveys on poverty and financial access to put the locations of these providers in context. The mapping was a collaborative effort, using web scraping to unlock hard-to-access data from online repositories; GIS expertise from the Centre for Geoinformation Science at the University of Pretoria; and mapping and visualization from Development Seed. We also drew heavily on research and data from FinMark Trust and the Centre for Inclusive Banking in Africa to help structure data on the sector.

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By Scott Gaul
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