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Supply for Microfinance Services

We use surveys and in-depth interviews to explore issues around infrastructure, product availability, and legal/regulatory opportunities and constraints around the supply of financial services. Since 2002, MFC has conducted mapping studies to track the scale, outreach and performance of microfinance providers in ECA. Reports are available for the following years: 2010: Re-emerging from the Crisis – Microfinance in ECA 2009: ...

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Client Protection

The industry’s growing concern around client protection is an effort to ensure fair, responsible and transparent services for clients. MFC primarily goal is to be industry leaders in good practice microfinance and promote and implement Consumer Protection Standards. We want to be a network of members who are fully compliant with Client Protection Standards. Therefore we encourage our members: MFI, ...

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Ambassadors’ Contacts

Financial Inclusion Ambassadors in Microfinance Each year, MFC identifies and awards institutions, which contribute to promotion of financial inclusion in a significant way.   2016 ADIE – Association pour le Droit a l’Initiative Economique, France Agroinvest d.o.o., Serbia good.bee Credit IFN SA, Romania PARTNER Microcredit Foundation, Bosnia and Herzegovina   2015 Business and Cultural Development Center (KEPA), Greece National Contact ...

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Social Performance Management (SPM)

Established in 1999, our global SPM program works with networks and MFIs on assessment and capacity building projects in order to develop systems and improve practice towards strengthening the double-bottom line of microfinance Our SPM work includes: The Social Performance (SP) Fund The Social Performance (SP) Fund develops the capacity of 52 microfinance networks to work with their members on ...

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Learn more about SPM

The microfinance industry is in a period of fast growth, both in terms of complexity, but also competition. In this environment, achieving and staying in tune with the mission is a real challenge for MFIs. Mission-driven MFIs will find a number of resources online, developed to help them achieve their double bottom-line. These are: The Universal Standards The Universal Standards ...

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Microinsurance

MFC connects microfinance providers with regulated insurance companies to improve and expand clients’ access to quality microinsurance products The three-year “Facilitating Widespread Access to Microinsurance Services” collaboration between MFC, the MicroInsurance Centre and Microfinance Opportunities worked in Armenia and Vietnam to combine microinsurance product development with client education. The goal of the project was ensure that microinsurance worked both for clients ...

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Entrepreneurship and value chains

Our research into entrepreneurship and value chains helps us to understand the factors enabling poverty reduction and growth in region Recent projects include: Microentrepreneurs in Poland: to conquer or to survive? This project assessed the growth potential of Polish microenterprises and their competitive environment. In doing so, we conducted 500 telephone interviews with owners and/or managers of microfirms. This project ...

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Financial Health

Financial health is the condition in which a household effectively manages its income and expenses, is resilient to financial shocks and plans its financial future with the long-term perspective. In the short-term, it is important to balance income and expenses and be able to generate income surpluses, to timely pay all bills and dues and prudently manage the household budget. ...

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Access to Finance Barometer

As part of a multi-component project funded by European Commission, MFC is developing and testing methodology of Access to Finance Barometer that will provide insights into the country-level access to finance issues and priorities in 10 EU countries. The purpose of the AFS Barometer is to assess the level of financial inclusion and conditions of access to finance in EU ...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Follow-up study on the risk of over-indebtedness of microcredit clients

This study focused on client over-indebtedness in Bosnia and Herzegovina, levels of which were the highest in the Central and Eastern Europe market. The study results confirm that a sizeable proportion of borrowers in Bosnia and Herzegovina experience difficult financial situations and have problems repaying their debts. Project dates  July – November 2009 Supported by European Fund for Southeast Europe ...

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