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Research Program

MFC undertakes quantitative and qualitative research studies in order to provide an insight into the drivers of customer behavior and market development We carry out enterprise and MFI surveys and research projects to deepen knowledge and understanding of the microcredit and SME finance market in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The results of our studies have been used to inform ...

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Demand for Microfinance Services

We conduct studies to assess the need for credit, deposit and microinsurance services among clients and develop market development projections using the access frontier tool. Our work has encompassed: Demand for savings  The market for deposit services of microcredit-deposit organizations (MDO) in Tajikistan: The goal of this study, funded by GTZ, was to assess the market potential for savings services ...

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Access to Finance

Measuring Access to Finance: Developing evidence-based access policies According to the recently-published Global Findex data, 45% of adults in the ECA region have access to financial services, making it among global leaders in financial inclusion. However, performance within the region is mixed. Some countries (such as Slovenia) boast near universal access, while in others (such as Kyrgyzstan), less than 5% ...

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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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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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Over-indebtedness of microfinance clients

Since 2008, MFC has studied drivers and deterrents of client over-indebtedness through annual MFI mapping studies and targeted country studies Our work reveals worrying trends around the scale of multiple borrowing and cross-borrowing from different financial institutions. The major lessons emerging include: Key drivers of repayment problems: Number of loans: clients with multiple loans are more likely delay payments Loan ...

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