150 000 people in 148 countries, shows that 2.5 billion people do not have bank accounts. This is 59% of the population in developing countries.
Some of the biggest reasons why people don't have bank accounts are the high cost of traditional banking products, the distance that must be travelled to get to banks and amount of paper work involved in opening accounts. However, the report shows that these problems are increasingly being tackled with mobile phones and that mobile banking is being used more and more to solve this problem. The impact of mobile banking in the fight against financial exclusion is visible and now recognised by the World Bank.
Or, as Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank put it: "Providing financial services to the 2.5 billion people who are 'unbanked' could boost economic growth and opportunity for the world's poor. Harnessing the power of financial services can really help people to pay for schooling, save for a home, or start a small business that can provide jobs for others."