Tag Archives: Research

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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2017 Borrow Wisely Campaign Results

We are pleased to share with you the final evaluation results of our 2017 Borrow Wisely Campaign! The Borrow Wisely Campaign is an international initiative to promote customer protection standards and financial education. The Campaign is realised with our partners, which use an opportunity to re-confirm customers care orientation and commitment to responsible finance. The fourth edition was realized in ...

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Read our latest research papers!

Digitalizing Microfinance in Europe The paper summarizes the results of the survey on the use of fintech solutions and digitalization of the customer relations and lending process among MFIs in Europe. While there is a widespread recognition about the need to use digital processes to a larger degree, the ability and willingness of MFIs to do that varies greatly. The ...

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Read our latest case study on start-up ecosystem in Macedonia!

Supporting “generation start-up”: Opportunities for Macedonia Поддршка на можностите за “Старт-ап Генерацијата“ за Македонија in Macedonian This case note presents our research findings and analysis on the start-up enterprise landscape in Macedonia. This research was designed to identify current good practice among financial services providers and international organizations serving start-ups; understand the future potential role of microfinance vis-a-vis start-ups, and propose concrete and practical ...

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