Tag Archives: Research

How Industry Executives View Financial Health – Report by CFSI

Download the Report   In the report “From Buzzword to Business Model: How industry executives view financial health”, the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) reveals how financial institutions are approaching financial health as they seek to engage customers meaningfully and profitably.  As the vast majority of Americans struggle financially, improving customer financial health is a top priority for many industry ...

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Riding the Technology Wave in European Microfinance: the Case of Qredits

Read MFC’s latest case study  “Riding The Technology Wave in European Microfinance: The Case of Qredits”. This case study traces the origins and the digital evolution of Qredits, a Dutch microfinance foundation that is the only national program providing an alternative source of funding to new- and early-stage businesses.  Qredits, from its inception, has banked on the intensive use of ...

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Experimenting with Digital Solutions: Initial Lessons from European Microfinance

This case study reviews digital applications and experimentation in digital transformation by European microfinance institutions. Using a digital transformation framework developed by the Microfinance Centre, the case explores the application of technology to core business processes and analyzes the use of various applications such as social media, virtual collaboration, mobile tools, data analytics and artificial intelligence. In addition to presenting ...

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The Tech-and-Touch Mix in Microfinance

This case study reviews how European MFIs incorporate high-tech solutions with the traditional high-touch personal approach to providing microfinance services and discusses the emergent models that MFIs are applying to combine these two approaches. Unlike FinTechs, MFIs retain the personal touch as a distinctive feature and a unique sales proposition of microfinance but there are differences as to when and ...

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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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