How an MFI can act best during the time of the pandemic? We have started compiling all relevant initiatives that could benefit your businesses. Learn from the others’ practices & share yours! On this special resources page you will learn also about institutional and organizational solutions. We will be updating this webpage as new ideas come up, so do not forget to check it regularly. We are doing best to support the sector, You are not alone during this troublesome times!
If you want to add your good practice to this resource database contact Kinga Dąbrowska at firstname.lastname@example.org
- “COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on European MFIs and Their Clients “
30 September 2020 and 7 October 2020
Microfinance Centre is inviting you to join two webinars where we will be presenting the findings of our research. The surveys aimed at assessing the impact of the pandemic both on microfinance institutions and their clients.
The results will be presented by Kinga Dąbrowska and Justyna Pytkowska from MFC.
- ” How to Build a Corporate Immune System in Response to COVID-19″
In ENGLISH – sessions are over, watch the recordings below
in RUSSIAN – sessions are over, watch the recordings below
past webinars recordings
- “How to cope with the pandemic effects on MFI’s businesses” – 1st Webinar, good practices by Adie, OBS and microStart (26 March 2020) – watch the recording
- “Business continuity” (series: How to Build a Corporate Immune System in Response to COVID-19) – watch the recording
- “Stress Test for Success” (series: How to Build a Corporate Immune System in Response to COVID-19)( 15 April 2020) – watch the recording
- “Loan Restructuring and Refinancing Agreements” (series: How to Build a Corporate Immune System in Response to COVID-19) (16 April 2020) – watch the recording
- “Amendments to lending policy for new products and online channels” (series: How to Build a Corporate Immune System in Response to COVID-19) (22 April 2020) – watch the recording
- “Risk management for beginners and back-up staff “(series: How to Build a Corporate Immune System in Response to COVID-19) (23 April 2020) – watch the recording
- “Financial planning and financial modelling” (series: How to Build a Corporate Immune System in Response to COVID-19) (29 April 2020) – watch the recording
- 1-я сессия: Непрерывность работы бизнеса (22 April 2020) – watch the recording
- 2-я сессия: Стресс-тест на успешность(30/04/2020) – watch the recording
- 3-я сессия: Политики и соглашения по реструктуризации и рефинансированию кредитов(4/05/2020) – watch the recording
- 4-я сессия: Поправки к кредитной политике для новых продуктов и онлайн-каналов(7/05/2020) – watch the recording
- 5-я сессия: Управление рисками для начинающих и резервного персонала(11/05/2020) – watch the recording
- 6-я сессия:Финансовое планирование и финансовое моделирование (15/05/2020) – watch the recording
- MFC CEO FORUM Talk: Leonard Marcus and Eric McNulty – You’re It. Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When It Matters Most (prepared by Piotr Koryński) – read it
- Home office tips for employers and employees (prepared by Kinga Dąbrowska) – read it
Protect your staff
Work from home
- microStart HR solutions for the time of pandemic: In microStart all of the employees work from home. For parents flexible working hours are ensured. All of the teams have daily meetings with managers. Every day crisis team meet. Each employee has to be sure they have a back-up.
– for detailed description of the actions taken see the presentation from microStart (presented during the 1st good practices webinar)
Work remotely whenever possible, when impossible..
- Opportunity Bank Serbia Number of clients in the branch is limited to two. Crisis team meets every day to decide about necessary actions. Antibacterial soap, gloves and masks are provided at every branch.
– see the presentation from OBS (presented during the 1st good practices webinar)
- UTCAR: One person designated in charge of health protection. There is a constant rotation of front and back office
Protect your business and clients
- Adie: Remote loan appraisals, adapted loans procedures to allow remote underwriting and disbursement. Adie introduced also Emergency Loan and is conducting e-mail and phone campaigns.
– see the presentation from Adie (presented during the 1st good practices webinar)
- microStart: Coaching available online & e-learning replacement for trainings. E-mail and phone calls campaigns. Consolidate data in risk follow up document. Suspension of instalments.
- Microfinance Ireland: New COVID-19 Business Loan introduced. Loan reimbursement plan and additional funding.
- Qredits: Bridge Loan introduced. Setting up Helpdesks. Grace period of 6 months.
- PerMicro: Published government decrees on social media translated in main customer languages
International organizations and institutions
- European Commission DG EMPL: Social economy – Solidarity Corona initiatives – SEE THEM
- European Commission mobilises all of its resources to protect lives and livelihoods – CHECK HOW
- European Investment Bank: The EIB Group has proposed a plan to mobilise up to €40 billion of financing – READ THEIR COMMUNICATION
- European Council: Council adopts measures for immediate release of funds – READ ABOUT IT
- International Labour Organization : ILO: e-Campus – ENTER THE CAMPUS HERE
- CGAP – FinDevGateway : CHECK OUR THE RESOURCE CENTRE
- CGAP – FinDevGateway :Urgent: A Rescue Plan for the Microfinance Sector – READ IT
- CGAP – FinDevGateway : Treating Staff Responsibly During the Pandemic: Three Things to Do Today – READ IT
- International Monetary Fund: Key economic responses governments are taking to limit the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – GET TO KNOW THEM
- Italian Government: Raised the limit of microcredits to 40k euro – LEARN MORE ABOUT IT
- Serbian Government : Introduced a 3-month moratorium on loan repayments for all clients of all banks
- Central Bank of Azerbjian: Coronavirus protection guidelnes –READ THE GUIDELINES
- Government of Luxembourg : Recommendations for Businesses – GET TO KNOW THEM
- CHECK OUT Global dashboard of government measures
Microfinance national associations summaries and reports (as of 6th May)
- AMA Albania – READ THE SUMMARY REPORT
- Romanian MF Working Group – READ THE SUMMARY REPORT
- AMFI Bosnia and Herzegovina – READ THE SUMMARY REPORT
- Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation: How Coronavirus affects Microfinance sector – READ THE PAPER
- Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation: International microfinance institutions anticipate the first effects of a recession – READ THE PAPER
- Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation: For some microfinance institutions, the health crisis is an opportunity to improve their operational performance through digital technology – READ THE PAPER
- Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation: The microfinance sector is organising itself in the face of the effects of the health crisis – READ THE PAPER
- Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation : Une reprise sous contraintes operationnelles et financieres READ THE ARTICLE [IN FRENCH]
- ADA : COVID-19 Crisis Resource Centre: ENTER HERE
- Inpulse, ADA, GCAF: New Opportunities After COVID19: a Joint Assessment – SEE THE RESULTS
- Facebook: Small Business Grants Program – LEARN ABOUT THE PROGRAM
- e-mfp (European Microfinance Platform): COVID-19 Financial Inclusion Compass – GET THE DIRECTIONS
- e-mfp, SPTF, Accion : forum for the financial inclusion sector to discuss responses to COVID-19 – JOIN THE FORUM
- SPTF: customer centric response to pandemic – CHECK THE RESPONSE
- The Financial Access Initiative: Global pandemic meets microfinance: Impact on poor households, and what the industry needs to do now – WATCH THE WEBINAR RECORDING
- The Financial Access Initiative: Resources from the faiV webinar (recording’s link above) – LEARN FROM THEM
- Next Billion: Coronavirus Resources for the Social Impact Sector – READ MORE
- AFI: COVID-19 Policy Response – CHECK IT
Get more help from
- CHECK OUT A List Of Fintech Firms Providing Free Technology During The Coronavirus Crisis
- PILnet: Pro-bono legal help
- USE THE TOOL : video to assist those who are already using Microfin to help identify areas of primary impact as they relate to business disruptions due to the pandemic of the Coronavirus
- Business & Finance Consulting (BFC) is offering a series of webinars, in English and in Russian – Past webinars recordings and all the necessary information are accessible in the Webcase Library
- BFC: advice and expertise to support financial institutions and their clients during these challenging times in the COVID-19 crisis technical assistance response package
- BFC: Regular updates on digital trends, best practice tips, and insights into how institutions are coping through weekly FinTech Bulletin.
- BFC : Ask BFC. The Q&A sessions are taking place every other Thursday (EN and RU).
- Toptal: Tips for remote working – The suddenly remote playbook
- Cotswold Co: remote working guide – Working from Home: A Guide to Creating a Healthy and Productive Workspace
- EU4Business Initiative: EU support to small and medium enterprises in Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova to withstand the crisis – LEARN ABOUT THE OFFER
Our Resources Library will be expanding with new initiatives, assistance possibilities and information on how to cope with the pandemic effects. This Library would not be possible to create without your participation.
If you have questions concerning the practices mentioned above please contact Kinga Dąbrowska at email@example.com
If you would like to add to our resources database some solution you implemented in your institution, please contact Aleksandra Karabon at firstname.lastname@example.org
This communication activity has received financial support from the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation “EaSI” (2014-2020). For further information please consult: http://ec.europa.eu/social/easi