Interactive map showing access to financial services in Tanzania

The Gates Foundation has produced a set of interactive maps showing access to financial services in several countries, including Tanzania. It uses data from 2012, which in the fast moving world of mobile money services means it is probably already out of date, but I felt it is worth sharing.

I can’t easily embed the interactive maps here, so instead I’ve posted three tasters that show the kind of information the maps can present. If you want the full interactive experience, which I recommend, then head over to this site and select Tanzania from the menu bar at the top.

First, showing the distance to the nearest mobile money agent:

How far to the nearest mobile money agent? Source: http://www.fspmaps.com/

How far to the nearest mobile money agent? Source: http://www.fspmaps.com/

Second, a map of mobile network access in Tanzania. This seems to present a very optimistic view that doesn’t match my experience very well, which is of patchy coverage once you get outside the urban centres. “Climb that hill for signal,” is often the message I heard. (Or “climb that tree!”)

Mobile network access, allegedly. Source: http://www.fspmaps.com/

Mobile network access in Tanzania, allegedly. Source: http://www.fspmaps.com/

And finally, showing more detail on access to different types of financial services, in Iringa town:

Financial services in Iringa town, with population density

Financial services in Iringa town, with population density