One of the biggest hurdles to improving access to retail financial services is the absence of relevant and reliable data and analysis about how individuals and households manage their finances.
To this end, in pursuit of our goal of providing credible market information on the Nigerian financial sector, EFInA launched its biennial Access to Financial Services in Nigeria survey in 2008 The EFInA Access to Financial Services in Nigeria Survey is our flagship research tool. The survey provides relevant and reliable data on the demand for and use of financial services by the adult population in Nigeria.
Access to Financial Services in Nigeria survey
EFInA launched its first Access to Financial services in Nigeria survey in 2008. Subsequent surveys were undertaken in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. The EFInA Access to Financial Services in Nigeria 2018 was recently disseminated on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. The findings from the survey shows 36.8% of the adult population are financially excluded and it highlight the opportunities to extend financial services to the unbanked and under-banked low income segments in the country. The EFInA Acess to Financial Services in Nigeria survey is nationwide and covers over 20,000 consumers.
Assessment of Women’s Financial Inclusion in Nigeria
The gender gap in Nigeria represents a major issue to be resolved if the country is to achieve the targets it set in its National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS). This gender gap is larger than in most other countries, and whilst financial inclusion is increasing for both men and women, the gender gap is widening.
In contrast, comparator countries in Africa such as Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda all exhibit a decreasing gender gap. The gender gap in Nigeria represents a major issue to be resolved if the country is to achieve the targets it set in its National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS).
Through the analysis of gender specific data, this study seeks to better understand: a) how usage, access, and supply of financial services differ between women and men in Nigeria, b) what specific gaps and challenges impede Nigerian women’s access to financial services, and c) what can be done by CBN, EFInA and its partners to address the gender gap and reduce inequality.
We have also conducted several other quantitative and qualitative studies covering both the demand side (client/consumer) and supply side (financial services providers).
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