Financial Inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean: Data and tendencies


Financial inclusion is a vital issue on the political agenda of many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Governments and the private sector have both been developing strategies to stimulate financial inclusion in the region.

This report analyses the structure and main features of the financial system in Latin America and the Caribbean, in order to provide information to the public and private sectors regarding the market situation (suppliers of financial services, financial products, use of such products and services and access channels). It defines the current gaps in inclusion. The data it uses come from 19 countries in the region, classified into the following categories:

  • Data on the economic and social environment
  • The financial system: number and types of financial intermediaries and other characteristics
  • Credit
  • Credit for farmers
  • Access and channels
  • Savings
  • Microcredit