Tag Archives: Research

Business Development Services and Microfinance: Case Studies in Operational Models

  The MFC research reviews the involvement of microfinance institutions in the provision of non-financial services to clients and other constituents. The provision of business development services (BDS) alongside credit has become a salient feature of many European MFIs. Over the years, different models of BDS have emerged, varying both by level of integration with core financial services and the ...

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Microfinance in Europe: Survey Report 2016-2017

The 8th edition of the report provides an overview of the development of the sector in terms of its main institutional characteristics, microloan portfolio, and social and financial performance for the period 2016-2017. The Report gives a sound image of the sector’s heterogeneity relating to the institutional model, the size, and the level of specialisation in microlending. The social goals ...

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Financial Inclusion Compass 2018: e-MFP Survey of Financial Inclusion Trends

The European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) has launched the Financial Inclusion Compass 2018 – its new paper on emerging short, medium and long-term trends in the financial inclusion sector, based on a survey of e-MFP members and key industry stakeholders. The Compass was conceived to be a way to leverage e-MFP’s multi-stakeholder membership and position in the inclusive finance community, while ...

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The Universal Standards for Social Performance Management – Where do we go from here?

  The Microfinace Centre, the CERISE and the SPTF in cooperation with e-MFP Making Microfinance Responsible (MIR) Action Group have published brief “The Universal Standards for Social Performance Management – Where do we go from here?” The brief presents lessons from five years of promoting the Universal Standards for social performance management (SPM) for responsible microfinance and tries to answer ...

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Don’t Miss Upcoming Webinars for Microfinance Professionals!

04 Dec, 16.00 (CET): Results from Habitat for Humanity’s study on the impact of KWFT’s housing microfinance product, organised by SPTF The webinar will present the findings from the impact evaluation of a housing microfinance project on a range of outcomes for beneficiaries in Kenya. The project provided technical assistance to six leading financial institutions to develop housing microfinance products and ...

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Between Needs and Availability: The External Financing Gap Indicator

This MFC’s research paper considers the (mis)match between the financing needs of European MSMEs and the perception of availability of external financing. Publisher: Microfinance Centre Authors: Justyna Pytkowska, Piotr Koryński Year: 2018 Download “Between Needs and Availability: The External Financing Gap Indicator” Our question is: how do changes in the perceived need for external financing (and its availability) line up with the patterns ...

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Toward a Financial Health Tool for Consumers: Test Results Summary

  The Microfinance Centre and Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion are working together to build a financial health tool to assist customers with gauging and improving their financial health, and to assist financial institutions to help them do so as well. During the first phase of the project MFC developed simple financial health quiz, helping people find out how financially healthy their ...

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Social Performance Management in Microfinance: Infographic Report

Social performance management (SPM) refers to the systems that organizations use to achieve their stated social mission. As a part of Microfinance Centres’ ongoing efforts to promote social performance and support to MFC members in SPM implementation, we developed Social Performance Management Report based on data collected from 25 financial institutions, MFC Members from Europe. The Report presents current state of social ...

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International Funding for Financial Inclusion: Key Trends and Development by CGAP

  The 2017 edition of CGAP’s annual Cross-Border Funder Survey reports has been released. Funder commitments to financial inclusion reached a historic high of US$37 billion in 2016. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA), which traditionally has been the top-funded region, funding has experienced a decline for the second year in a row. The average commitment in ECA per project ...

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Assessing the European market of Microfinance

  The study Assessing the European market potential of business microcredit and the associated funding needs of non-bank MFIs depict a huge potential demand for small business loans across the EU-28 members states and the dynamism of a sector that needs adequate support to ensure a wider outreach to the underserved to deliver on its mandate to improve social and ...

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