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Effective Governance: A Toolkit for Microfinance Association Boards Image

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Effective Governance: A Toolkit for Microfinance Association Boards

Effective Governance: A Toolkit for Microfinance Association Boards

Summary

PDF Cover PageGood governance is a key factor to microfinance associations’ success in delivering quality services and developing a vibrant country or regional microfinance industry. This toolkit provides associations with a strong foundation for putting good governance principles into practice and gives facilitators that work with associations valuable resources for the development of governance trainings.

This online tool has been designed for easier reading and navigation. Supplemental sample documents and case studies are accessible though integrated links, allowing users to obtain more information in areas of interest.

Users can download either the entire document as a single PDF or each chapter individually. Each page in the online tool has links to appropriate chapters as well as relevant Board tools and templates.

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Board Tools

Structuring the Board

Governance Structure

Bylaws - Rules for Guiding the Governance Structure
  • Template for Creating Bylaws – Provides a list of common categories that can be listed in an association’s bylaws.  This would be particularly useful for networks just getting started.
  • Sample Microfinance Association Bylaws – Offers a selection of actual bylaws from a number of microfinance associations located in different regions and at different phases of development (nascent and mature).
Specific Roles and Responsibilities of the Board of Directors

 

Building the Board

Board Composition
  • Simple Board Matrix 1 – A quick checklist to help a board assess their level of diversity in terms of gender and skills.
  • Simple Board Matrix 2 – Another quick checklist to help a board assess their level of diversity in terms of gender and skills and plan for the next three years.
  • Sample MFA Governance Structures – A matrix with a quick look at the profiles of a sample of microfinance associations.
Recruitment

 

Operating the Board

Board Committees
Board Meetings

 

Guiding the Board

Board Policies

Board Assessment


Additional Resources




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