Global Microscope 2018: The Enabling Environment for Financial Inclusion and the Expansion of Digital Financial Services

The Global Microscope is a benchmarking index that assesses the enabling environment for financial inclusion in 55 countries. Now in its 11th year, the Microscope is the global standard for financial inclusion policy in developing economies. The 2018 Global Microscope on Financial Inclusion, with a revised research framework, offers a forward-looking focus on the digital financial services now and in the future, and the critical role for financial inclusion envisioned in the Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2018 Global Microscope sets a model for an enabling environment for financial inclusion across five domains: government and policy support, stability and integrity, products and outlets, consumer protection, and infrastructure. The Microscope evaluates the regulatory and policy environment for key players in the financial inclusion space including banks, non-bank financial institutions, e-money issuers and cross-border payment providers. It also focuses on the role of inclusive insurance, financial agents, financial technology (fintech) firms, and credit information providers.

The Global Microscope is produced by The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU), with policy guidance and financial support from leading organizations in the field, including CFI.

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