Summary of Financial Inclusion

Global Financial Development Report 2014

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Financial Inclusion summary
Half of the world’s adults have no bank accounts. Learn why that’s a problem for everyone.


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Giving more people access to financial services and products means reducing poverty, raising prosperity and advancing global socioeconomic development. This World Bank report wrestles with the far-ranging problem of how to serve individuals and firms that are now excluded from the world of finance. The World Bank’s researchers and writers do not set out to offer concrete solutions, but to present new information and data, and to encourage the continuation of a dialog that matters, especially to the half of the world’s population that has no bank account. The investigators reviewed papers from across the globe to report on currently promising concepts, strategies, trial programs and experiments to reduce “financial exclusion.” They cover savings, insurance, microcredit, financial education, gender bias, legal and regulatory frameworks, and the twin bête noirs of moral hazard and adverse selection. Dozens of figures, maps, tables and three country-by-country appendices of data augment the clearly written text. getAbstract finds this exhaustive study pivotal and extremely significant. Its ambitions touch vast populations of underserved people and the interests of tens of thousands of public officials, stakeholders, international financiers, venture capitalists and the socially conscious, all hoping to raise the quality of life for multitudes.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why “financial inclusion” is critical to socioeconomic development
  • What policies and strategies work
  • What gaps still exist


“Financial Inclusion”
Financial inclusion is “the proportion of individuals and firms that use financial services.” Recent research and observations point to financial inclusion as an important barometer and tool in helping to reduce poverty, increase prosperity, as well as to improve...
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