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South Asia

Explore the latest developments in financial inclusion and microfinance in South Asia through this collection of news, events, and publications on a wide range of topics, including digital financial services, gender and women's empowerment, agriculture finance, consumer protection and more.

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Financial Inclusion in South Asia

Countries With the Largest Percentage of Adults With an Account

Percent of adults age 15+ with an account
Source: Global Findex Database

Gender Gap in Account Ownership Decreased Since 2014 But Remains Among the Largest of Any Region

Percent of adults age 15+ with an account by gender, excluding high income, 2017
Source: Global Findex Database

The Region Has the Highest Percent of Inactive Accounts and the Lowest Use of Digital Payments of Any Region

Percent of adults age 15+
Source: Global Findex Database

Digital Financial Literacy via E-commerce: Implications for Bangladesh, Especially for Women in Business

This paper explores and evaluates the best ways to reach the less digitally and financially literate segments of the community in Bangladesh, especially women, to ensure that ultimately no one is left behind.


G2P Next in India: Choice, Resilience and Inclusivity

This policy brief draws on global trends to understand how government-to-person programs can evolve to address India's challenges.

Slide Deck

Can G2P Unlock Women’s Economic Empowerment? Evidence From Asia and Africa

This slide deck documents MSC's journey of evaluating key government-to-person (G2P) programs across Asia and Africa to understand how G2P payments impact women.