The Benin Map of Financial Inclusion visualizes several financial service providers at the province level within Benin. Specifically, the map contains layers mapping commercial banks, mobile money branches, post banks, and microfinance institutions. There are also several demographic background layers that provide greater context surrounding the financial inclusion landscape. The following sections explain the data substantiating each layer, what each layer represents and any important assumptions made on the part of MIX while cleaning and preparing these data for mapping.
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Visit the MIX Market Benin page for more information on microfinance institutions in Benin.
The Commercial Banks layer shows the number of commercial banks per Department in Benin from aggregated data from commercial banks across Benin. The list of commercial banks data are sourced from the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)’s list. Branch locations were collected by visiting each commercial bank website. Though every effort was made to gather data from as many branches as possible due to the ever-changing nature of websites and bank listings, our listing may not represent all commercial banks operating in Benin.
Some terminology used on the map layers associated with MFIs and Mobile Money are EVD/Electronic Voucher Distribution, partnerships with certain MFIs and Banks, and MTN agencies.
Mobile Agent location data sources are from MTN Benin. MTN has various distribution channels: EVD, MFI, Bank, MTN, and Others.
MFIs points of service are from Repertoire des Systems Financiers Decentralises au Benin/ The legal status is according to Cooperative, NGO & Association, and NBFI.
Locations sourced from La Poste du Benin website.
The population density contextual layer is sourced from the Afripop site. Each pixel of this heat map represents an estimation the number of people per 100 square meters based on both the the latest Zambian Census data used by Afripop and satellite image interpretation, according to Afripop’s methodology.
The information shown in this layer, sourced from the Benin government’s statistical analysis site, illustrates the population breakdown in Benin. Of particular interest is the variance in youth population percentage across the country. Additional data for other age groups of particular interest are also shown.
The population layers – Rural population and Population with Loans – were gathered from several sources (links to which can be found in the map legend in the lower right-had corner of your screen under the ‘Source:’ label). Mobile phone statistics can be found at the Benin government’s statistical analysis site. Other datasets can be found at the Education Policy and Data Center.
Both loan usage and mobile phone usage layers indicate useage in the interviewee’s lifetime, not necessarily present usage.
Infrastructure Data was gathered from Infrastructure Africa. Main roads, power transmission lines, and power plants are included on this map and are available for many Sub-Saharan African countries from the Infrastructure Africa website.
All of financial service provider dots are scaled based on the 25th, 50th, 75th, and 90th percentiles This guarantees a view into the relative extremes of each dataset, rather than employing an absolute scale. The background data, the blue and green regions on the map, also rely upon the 25th, 50th, 75th, and 90th percentile scheme (with an additional category, No Data, indicating regions for which no contextual data was available.
The map files representing national, provincial and district are sourced from Global Administrative Areas (GADM), an international database of geographic files (shapefiles) covering every country in the world. The data are maintained by contributors working at the International Rice Research Institute and the University of California, Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Biology. The shapefiles are drawn primarily from the Centers for Disease Control and the UN Geographic Information Working Group’s “Second Administrative Level Boundaries” project. Due to changing boundaries in the past several years in Senegal, our shapefile is up-to-date whereas the Senegal shapefile offered on the GADM site excludes three present-day regions.