Data Bank

The data sets cataloged in the Data Bank of the platform are enlisted for quick access and/or reference to the data behind the interesting visualizations and Data Stories. The overarching principle of data inclusion on the website is to facilitate research, evidence-based policies and collaboration among players in retail distributive sub-sector. Hence, any data that sheds light on the socioeconomic, behavioral and business reality of microentrepreneurs from the region will be made available on the platform. These data are unit-level data obtained from sample surveys, censuses, and administrative systems. They provide information about characteristics of individual people or entities such as households, business enterprises, facilities, farms or even geographical areas such as villages or towns.

Microentrepreneurs Asia makes available high-quality data and information related to the ground realities of microentrepreneurs. Guidelines clearly stipulate the possibilities, safeguards and caveats around access, use and privacy issues of the data and information made available.

Data Access

In terms of the nature of access, the Data Bank will make available the following types of data sets:


Open Data

Data sets and the related documentation are made freely available to users


Public Data

Data sets and the related documentation are made freely available to users. User must, however, remain logged into the application for accessing these data files


Licensed Data

Related documentation are made freely available to users. Access to the data sets require the user to apply for approval. Users must remain logged in to the application and fill out an application form when applying for access.


Data from External Repositories

Related documentation are made freely available to users. The data sets are held in catalogs outside or at other institutions. Users will be redirected to those websites or data catalogs for access where they will have comply with corresponding standards.


Terms of Data Use

Microentrepreneurs Asia strives to enhance public access to and use of data that it collects and publishes. The data are organized in data sets listed in Microentrepreneurs Asia Data Catalog (the “Data sets”). The data sets are collections of data, managed by Microentrepreneurs Asia and provided in a number of machine-readable formats. Microentrepreneurs Asia provides you with access to the data sets free of charge subject to the terms of this agreement (these “Data set Terms”). Use of data derived from the data sets, which may appear in formats such as tables and charts, is also subject to these data set Terms.



We encourage you to share your suggestions and ideas for using or facilitating access to the Data sets with Microentrepreneurs Asia by contacting us by sending an email to



You are encouraged to use the data sets to benefit yourself and others in creative ways. You may extract, download, and make copies of the information contained in the data sets, and you may share that information with third parties. However, we maintain a list of some specific data within the data sets that you may not redistribute or reuse without first contacting the original content provider(s), as well as information regarding how to contact the original content provider(s).



By using the data sets, you agree to provide attribution to Microentrepreneurs Asia and its content providers in the following format: Microentrepreneurs Asia: Data set name: Data source (if known). When sharing or facilitating access to the data sets, you agree to include the same acknowledgment requirement in any sub-licenses of the data that you grant, and a requirement that any sub-licensees do the same. You may meet this requirement by providing the uniform resource locator (URL) of these terms of use.

No Endorsement

You may not publicly represent or imply that Microentrepreneurs Asia is participating in, or has sponsored, approved or endorsed the manner or purpose of your use or reproduction of the data sets. Microentrepreneurs Asia will prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law, any use of the materials in a manner that falsifies, misrepresents, disparages or fraudulently uses the materials.


No Association

You may not use any trade-mark, official mark, official emblem or logo of Microentrepreneurs Asia, or any of its other means of promotion or publicity, without Microentrepreneurs Asia's prior written consent nor in any event to represent or imply an association or affiliation with Microentrepreneurs Asia.


No Warranties

Microentrepreneurs Asia reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Data sets, any means of accessing or utilizing the data sets at our sole discretion with or without prior notice to you. Microentrepreneurs Asia may at our sole discretion, under any circumstances, for any or no reason whatsoever and with or without prior notice to you, terminate your access to the data sets, any means of accessing or utilizing the Data sets or the API. MICROENTREPRENEURS ASIA DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND RELATED TO THE PROVISION OF THE DATA SETS AND THE APIS.


Exclusion of Liability

MICROENTREPRENEURS ASIA SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY SORT INCURRED BY YOU IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE DATA SETS. Microentrepreneurs Asia also shall not be responsible or liable for the accuracy, usefulness or availability of any data in the Data sets. Please review the section of Microentrepreneurs Asia Terms and Conditions under the heading Disclaimers, Releases and Limitations on Liability for a more complete statement regarding those subjects. You acknowledge that these data set Terms constitute a non-exclusive agreement. Microentrepreneurs Asia may develop products or services that compete with products or services that you offer without incurring any liability. Other parties may have ownership interests in some of the Materials contained on the site. Microentrepreneurs Asia in no way represents or warrants that it owns or controls all rights in all Materials, and Microentrepreneurs Asia will not be liable to you for any claims brought against you by third parties in connection with your use of any Materials. 
Nothing herein shall constitute or be considered to be a limitation upon or waiver of the privileges and immunities of Microentrepreneurs Asia, all of which are specifically reserved. 
No agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer or franchiser-franchisee relationship is intended or entered by these data set Terms.

Privacy Policy

Microentrepreneurs Asia de-personifies data sets by getting rid of all personally identifiable information. Besides, your privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to us. Because we gather certain types of information about the users of Microentrepreneurs Asia, we want to ensure that you fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it.


Information Collected by Microentrepreneurs Asia

Personal information

If you register for data sets, post Data Stories, or join a discussion group, you may be asked for information that helps to identify you, such as your name, email address, and organization. The information you are asked to provide is used for technical and customer administration of the site only and is not shared with third parties. To participate in the discussion forums, users are required to disclose their name and email address. This information is not used for commercial purposes, is not shared with third parties and is only used for site administration.


Non-personally identifiable information

Dnet, as the custodian of Microentrepreneurs Asia, has and will continue to track and analyze information about the usage of the platform. This information is gathered so that the platform can better understand the usage of its features and improve and develop them. None of this information can be used to identify individual site visitors. Only summaries of visitors’ behavior are produced. Examples of this type of information include statistics on most popular and least popular pages. The information collected cannot be traced back to a particular individual. The purpose of this data collection is so that the Microentrepreneurs Asia can better understand the preferences of its visitors and improve its site and services. This information is never connected with any personal information you supply to us if you register on our website.

Use of cookies and web beacons

When you register for our data and updates, Microentrepreneurs Asia sets a cookie, a small bit of code stored on your computer's hard drive that enables you to manage your subscriptions and online profile. By setting this cookie, the platform will remember you the next time you visit and won't have to bother you by asking questions you have already answered (like address information). You are always free to decline cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may not be able to use certain features on the site and may be required to re-enter information more frequently to use certain services on the website.


IP Addresses

In addition, the Microentrepreneurs Asia also records your IP address, which is the Internet address of your computer, and information such as your browser type and operating system. This information helps us learn about the geographical distribution of our website visitors and the technology they use to access our site.


What If I Don't Want to Share My Information?

Registering on our site is optional. If you choose not to register or provide personal information, you can still explore visualizations and download data tables behind charts and graphs. However, you will not be able to download fully cleaned and labeled data sets and related materials.



Dnet, as the custodian of Microentrepreneurs Asia, employs a range of technologies to protect the information maintained on our systems from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration, or destruction.


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