South Asia

The 8 countries in South Asia have a population of 1.6 billion people, of which more than 66% live below the USD 2 per day poverty line. The countries in the region reflect a highly diverse landscape for financial inclusion, each with a unique modern history of financial systems development. Across the region, 46% of adults have a bank account, up from 32% in 2011, although regional variation is significant. Sri Lanka has the region’s highest level of inclusion with 83% of adults having a bank account, while Afghanistan and Pakistan each have less than 15% of adults with an account at a financial institution.

Sources: Global Findex, Population Reference Bureau, World Bank

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