Data Sources for Digital Financial Inclusion Research

To encourage robust research across disciplines, the Tech for Good Institute is releasing a compendium of data sources for key topics of inquiry in the digital economy. This is the first of the series, to raise awareness of publicly-available global databases in the areas of financial inclusion and fintech.

In Southeast Asia, financial inclusion and fintech underpin Southeast Asia’s economic progress. Data on both are available, but often incomplete. Some data sources, especially in the fintech space, are also limited in coverage. Many are conducted on a one-off basis, precluding comparisons over time.

Building on our existing Digital Financial Service Report, this Digital Financial Inclusion compendium collates and reviews databases useful in financial inclusion research. The intention of this effort is to be a resource to researchers navigating the landscape of available data sources.

The compendium includes: 

Financial inclusion research will continue to evolve. Thus, this effort serves merely as a starting point for researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders who are interested in this area. We welcome recommendations of other data sources relevant to this topic, as well as suggestions for other fields of interest at the intersection of technology, policy and society.

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Mouna Aouri

Programme Fellow

Mouna Aouri is an Institute Fellow at the Tech For Good Institute. As a social entrepreneur, impact investor, and engineer, her experience spans over two decades in the MENA region, South East Asia, and Japan. She is founder of Woomentum, a Singapore-based platform dedicated to supporting women entrepreneurs in APAC through skill development and access to growth capital through strategic collaborations with corporate entities, investors and government partners.

Dr Ming Tan

Founding Executive Director

Dr Ming Tan is founding Executive Director for the Tech for Good Institute, a non-profit founded to catalyse research and collaboration on social, economic and policy trends accelerated by the digital economy in Southeast Asia. She is concurrently a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Governance and Sustainability at the National University of Singapore and Advisor to the Founder of the COMO Group, a Singaporean portfolio of lifestyle companies operating in 15 countries worldwide.  Her research interests lie at the intersection of technology, business and society, including sustainability and innovation.

 

Ming was previously Managing Director of IPOS International, part of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, which supports Singapore’s future growth as a global innovation hub for intellectual property creation, commercialisation and management. Prior to joining the public sector, she was Head of Stewardship of the COMO Group and the founding Executive Director of COMO Foundation, a grantmaker focused on gender equity that has served over 47 million women and girls since 2003.

 

As a company director, she lends brand and strategic guidance to several companies within the COMO Group. Ming also serves as a Council Member of the Council for Board Diversity, on the boards of COMO Foundation and Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC), and on the Digital and Technology Advisory Panel for Esplanade–Theatres on the Bay, Singapore’s national performing arts centre.

 

In the non-profit, educational and government spheres, Ming is a director of COMO Foundation and Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) and chairs the Asia Advisory board for Swiss hospitality business and management school EHL. She also serves on  the Council for Board Diversity and the Digital and Technology Advisory Panel for Esplanade–Theatres on the Bay, Singapore’s national performing arts centre.

 

Ming was educated in Singapore, the United States, and England. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University and her doctorate from Oxford.