gis4FI Community

The geospatial data for financial inclusion (gis4FI) community aims to promote learning and sharing, catalyse improvements and support collaboration among those promoting sustainable collection and use of geospatial data for financial inclusion. It was launched in July 2015.


The community engages along the full gis4FI country process; from the formulation of a gis4FI strategy to its implementation, and from geospatial data collection to use. Specifically, it:

  • Identifies common challenges experienced by those promoting financial access point mapping and works together to find solutions;
  • Puts members in touch with technical experts where targeted technical assistance is required;
  • Provides a forum for coordination and cooperation among actors involved in gis4FI country processes.
  • Membership

    The community brings together key actors involved in gis4FI country processes. Individual membership is drawn from the following types of organisations:

  • Financial Sector Deepening Trusts (FSDs) and other financial inclusion intermediaries;
  • Public sector bodies, notably Central Banks and National Statistical Offices;
  • Research organisations or consultancies specialising in geospatial data for financial inclusion;
  • Financial service providers;
  • Development partners and technical advisors.

  • Approach

    The community offers both public and private community spaces. In-person meetings and events are supplemented with ongoing engagements aided by online tools (e.g. webinars and a discussion forum). Insights and lessons from these engagements are distilled into knowledge products, including blogs, visualisations, process notes, best practice guides and use cases. See below for examples of these. In so doing, we would like to open a dialogue between inside and outside perspectives.

    The gis4FI community aims to coordinate and collaborate with the FSD Network and AFI Data Working Group – networks representing financial sector deepening trusts (FSDs) and Central Banks/regulators respectively.


    Spatial Data Workshop

    for Business Intelligence Workshop 10 & 11 November 2016, Ramada Hotel, Dar Es Salaam

    View 2016 Event

    Location Matters Workshop

    GIS in Financial Inclusion. Workshop held in Johannesburg, South Africa. 22-23 July 2015.

    View 2015 Event


    Webinar: 26 November 2015.

    Promoting private sector usage of geospatial data.

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    Webinar: 4 February 2016.

    The role of members in gis4FI country processes.

    View Webinar

    Webinar: 18 October 2016.

    Optimising the analytical power of GIS data for Financial Inclusion.

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    Closing gaps, building bridges

    Can the location of a platinum mine help financial service providers (FSPs) identify where to locate a bank branch or ATM? FSPs are increasingly using this type of geospatial (GIS) data to inform their business decisions. But the gap between what FSPs can do with GIS data, and what they are doing, is wider than expected.

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    Outliers Blog

    GIS data and improved investment planning for FSPs. By David Taylor. November 2015.

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    Building sustainable geospatial data resources for financial inclusion

    Geospatial mapping (GIS) has become popular amongst regulators, particularly those looking to capture locational information on issuers of electronic money, and their agents. However, in many cases, regulators encounter stumbling blocks to adopting GIS initiatives. This paper takes stock of where we are with the collection and use of GIS data by regulators and aims to give them, and those that advise them, meaningful models and expectations in the area of geospatial mapping.


    GIS4FI Process Note: Mozambique

    The i2i data quality team provides support to FSD Mozambique in their efforts to make geospatial data accessible to financial inclusion stakeholders, particularly financial services providers. This process note serves to share key details of FSD Mozambique’s journey to allow others to learn from their valuable experience.



    The i2i data quality team supports FSD Zambia in their efforts to make geospatial data accessible to financial inclusion stakeholders, particularly financial service providers. This process note serves to capture key learnings of the journey to date. Process notes will be updated periodically, with the aim of facilitating learning among financial inclusion intermediaries on similar journeys in Africa and beyond.


    Brief: 7 Applications for GIS Data by Financial Service Providers

    Geographic information systems (GIS) is increasingly informing decision-making in financial inclusion. Financial service providers (FSPs) are not always aware of the opportunities available to them when they combine their internal datasets with financial access point data and other GIS information. This document by the i2i data quality team introduces 7 ways financial service providers are applying GIS data in decision-making.