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CEO Forum

Funder:  co-funded by EBRDCompetition, regulation, inflation. Sluggish productivity growth; massive movements of immigrants across continents. Political uncertainty. Donor flight. These are a few of the many challenges that keep MFI managers awake at night. Under increased daily pressure to keep their institutions strategically aligned and operationally afloat, CEOs rarely have time to step

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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.

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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

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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

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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:

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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

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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  

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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

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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

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