Facts and figures tell us the story of financial inclusion, and give us information we need to understand how far we’ve come and what more needs to be done. Demand-side datasets, such as the World Bank’s Global Findex, provide information on customers and how they behave, while supply-side datasets, such as the IMF’s Financial Access Survey, provide information on financial service providers and what they offer. 

Data comes in all shapes and sizes, and there are now more data and types of data available than ever before. With the proliferation of digital devices, apps and mobile services, people’s digital footprints have grown exponentially, creating large amounts of electronic data referred to as big data. As the volume and the complexity of data increases, powerful computing tools and algorithms are needed to analyze and interpret it. Data can help financial service providers to develop services tailored to client needs, acquire new clients, facilitate cross-selling activities, and lower their operating costs. But increasing data collection can also bring with it greater risks, including privacy and security challenges that microfinance institutions and other financial service providers need to be equipped to manage. 

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This study outlines how data and other mobile network operator assets can be used to enable or improve digital climate resilience services, and identify opportunities for operators to generate revenues.


This publication shares insights for financial inclusion stakeholders on what algorithms can say about who is creditworthy in emerging markets, the risks for those it leaves out, and what it all might mean for inclusive finance.


The purpose of the Guideline Note is to provide non-binding guidance for a comprehensive, risk-based and proportionate policy and regulatory framework for data privacy for digital financial services.

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