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Live Q&A with Lisa Kuhn Fraioli of the Gender Working Group

by on Jun 14, 2012  |  posted in Association Services  |  14 Comments
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq8SQajC_-U Please continue to post comments below, Lisa will be checking in to answer additional questions! This event couldn’t be possible without your involvement, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn valuable information about gender and microfinance and connect with an expert in the field. If you would like to propose questions prior to the event, please do so via @THeSEEPNetwork on Twitter using the #GWGQA tag, or post them to our Facebook page. You can also leave them in the comments on this page. For more information on Lisa and to read the report, click here.


Reem Abboushi says:
Jun 06, 2012

I have questions on Gender & Microfinance :

1- How to guarantee supporting women with loans whne theor spouse refuse leting them do anything !?? We can’t disburse loan behind the family .. Still Loan Officers feel rejecting loan is adding to the woman burden and support what husband wants !???
2- How to balance : make sure you are reaching needy and poor with high costs related to remore areas and high risk related to lack of any collaterals !??
In other word :
How to : Balnace mision of Micor Finance ( reaching poor and unbankables ) with Sustainability and commercialisation trends in the Market !??

Thank you

Reem ABboushi
Palestinina Business Women Association ” ASALA”
Palestinian Terretories

Getaneh Gobezie says:
Jun 06, 2012

Dear colleagues,

Thank you for initiating this Q & A and discussion on gender and microfinance….

The GENFINANCE.info team has been a key advocate of gender issues in microfinance at the recent Microcredit Summit (Spain, Nov 2011). I think the key measure of success should be the ultimate impact on the livelihoods of the client, including gender equality. …. The indicators at the existing Social Performance Management (SEAL of excellence) are only limited to access and use of financial services by women. At best this may lead to the maintenance of basic survival and well-being, (e.g:- proper nourishment, good health, adequate shelter, reasonable clothing and clean water, etc). I can NOT see these very clearly in your report either …… However, confining the analysis of gender inequality to these achievements alone serves to convey the impression that women’s disempowerment is largely a matter of poverty. … I hope Lisa can elaborate on this issue ….

If you want to refer the GENFINANCE team report on this at the Microcredit Summit, you can read from the link below (read ”FINANCIAL SERVICES FOR GENDER JUSTICE by Linda Mayoux and Getaneh Gobezie)



Getaneh Gobezie
(Mail – getanehg2002@yahoo.com)

Celia Ramirez says:
Jun 06, 2012

Felicitaciones a Lisa y al equipo SEEP, un excelente documento

Celia Ramirez says:
Jun 06, 2012

Felicitaciones a Lisa y al equipo SEEP, un excelente trabajo que aportará mucho al sector.

Bridget Dougherty says:
Jun 06, 2012

Dear Getaneh,

In reference to your comment that the Seal of Excellence indicators are limited to access and use of financial services by women, it is important to note that the mission of the “Seal of Excellence for Poverty Outreach and Transformation” is to measure poverty outreach and client based results. The Seal indicators aim to highlight and evaluate two core questions:

1) Is the institution committed to reaching the poor (and can evidence be provided)?
2) Are the institution’s clients experiencing positive change (and can evidence be provided)?

While this Seal of Excellence is focused on poverty outreach, there may be another Seal in the future that will focus on women’s empowerment.

Best Regards,

Bridget Dougherty
Program Associate, Seal of Excellence for Poverty Outreach and Transformation

Celia Ramirez says:
Jun 06, 2012

¿Cuándo sabremos cuáles son las organizaciones seleccionadas para continuar con el proceso de profundización en buenas prácticas?
¿Se requiere completar alguna información?

Celia Ramirez says:
Jun 06, 2012

huy este traductor me cambia todo, escribo en el twitter para Lisa

Julia Arnold says:
Jun 06, 2012

Hi Lisa,

Great study! I was wondering if you could talk a little bit more about the indicators each institution used. Were they broad, global indicators or did they vary by country and context?


Grameen Foundation

Lisa Kuhn Fraioli says:
Jun 06, 2012


As noted in the report, monitoring and evaluation was an area of weakness for the organizations participating in the survey. Some have done one-off evaluations that look at gender issues, but few have an on-going monitoring system. As you are probably aware, the gender working group of the social performance task force has put considerable effort into providing recommendations to the SPTF on gender-sensitive social performance standards and indicators but there is not yet consensus on all of these aspects. I think there are sort-of two tactical approaches going on simulataneously. There are some who are focused on making the case that all MFIs need to pay attention to the gender implications of their work regardless of whether a focus on women or empowerment is an explicit focus of the MFI. This is simply good business and socially responsible practice since so many microfinance clients are women. We can serve them well without understanding them better. This approach is likely to stop short of defining indicators of empowerment and the broader impact questions as there is a sense that much progress can be made by everyone adopting socially responsible gender practices. The other approach is more focused on broadening people’s understanding of the role that microfinance can play in women’s empowerment, business development/livelihoods strategy, rights, etc. This group has the potential to really contribute to the improvement of practice among those organizations with an explicit goal of empowering women. Of course, these groups are not mutually exclusive and there are organizations that are looking to do both. But I do think it is helpful to distinguish between the tactics and goals that are being pursued so that we can look at how well we are doing with each of them. In the Latin American gender working group of SEEP, there are organizations pursuing both approaches, so you see some of both represented in the practices reported but not consistently across all organizations. I don’t know if that addresses your question at all, but perhaps it might at least help us move the dialogue along.

Lisa Kuhn Fraioli says:
Jun 06, 2012


Ahora que los resultados de las encuestas han sido recopilados, podemos circular estos para que el grupo discuta y escoja las instituciones a estudiar.



Now that the survey results have been compiled, they can be circulated so that the group can discuss and choose the institutions to be studied.


Guim Kagl says:
Jun 06, 2012

Dear Friends

It is indeed interesting to note the good comments circulated through this page. I am from PNG and our MFIs do not specify in women as target groups in their mission but their work aims to alleviate poverty.
I am sitting on the gender desk in the PNG MicroFinance Expansion project and would appreciate some tips on how to sensitize the practioners in the institutions to address women and microfinance at the executive level. Please help. Guim

Getaneh Gobezie says:
Jun 06, 2012

Dear Lisa,

Thank you for the explanation….. I can see the need on both tactics and goals. Perhaps targeting the goals may take some more time and effort, clarity and concensus on indicators, etc. But we need to galvanize effort toward this ultimate objective. …. I have also raised same at the SPTF Gender group on-line discussion…. I look forward to such events, resources, etc.

There are now more gender forums, being organized by the UN institutions, including FAO, UNDP, etc. I will be attending the one organized by the FAO in collaboration with Oxfam-Novib from July 3-7, 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya …. Financial services would be one of the top issue of discussion….. Perhaps I will try to post some of the conclusions here.

Please note that it is difficult to download and listen to your presentation here …. Perhaps is it possible to send CD’s, etc??

vivian says:
Jul 07, 2012

dear lisa,i thank God for surfing your website,i am a P.HD student working on Gender analysis of rural financial services in nigeria,it will be of immense help if you help me in developing the objectives of the study

Tafere Hagos says:
Nov 11, 2012

what is you suggestion about Ethiopian gender base micro finance .necessarily no need of its micro finance specially women to allivet poverty

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