The CFSP concept note Benefits of Creating Financial Accounts from Household Survey Data outlines the methodology to create financial accounts for households and explains how these accounts can shed light on household finance. Read the entire concept note here

Data collected by CFSP seed grant recipients and Mexico's Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores (CNBV) seek to better understand Mexican savings and financial intermediation systems. Read the news release.

The compelling new documentary Emerging Thailand: Spirit of Small Enterprise reveals the discoveries of Robert M. Townsend and his team of economists as they study the entrepreneurship and enterprise of rural Thailand. For more information, visit




CFSP Seed Grant Recipient Esteban Puentes discusses his perspective on the financial sector in Chile in this interview. Read more about

"Why Many Chileans Don't Like Working for Themselves."

New research from Daniel Keniston studies the Indian brick industry to determine the circumstances under which entrepreneurs will save and invest. Read about the research.

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The Consortium on Financial Systems and Poverty (CFSP) is a private research organization of leading and emerging economists. Our goal is to improve the lives of the world’s poor and to reduce poverty through helping to identify, define and develop efficient financial systems. We strive to generate tangible and objective results that have meaningful lessons for policymakers, researchers and stakeholders.