The 2016 FinScope datasource was commissioned by Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR) which was launched in March 2010 at the request of the Government of Rwanda, and with support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Bank. The core objective of AFR is to remove systemic barriers to financial services by putting the poor at the centre of its interventions. In pursuit of this objective, AFR needed information about how the landscape of access to, and usage of, financial services had changed since 2008.
The FinScope Survey not only enabled the assessment of the landscape of financial access in Rwanda, but also provided a benchmark for repeat surveys that will enable the impact of access related policy interventions to be assessed. This report summarises the findings of FinScope Rwanda 2016. This summary report addresses the information needs that would enable the government to develop and monitor evidence-based policies and regulations which will help extend the reach of financial services in the country.