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Keeping an Edge: What Will it Take in the Current Microfinance Context?
The information contained in this report represents the collective insights of 39 microfinance association leaders from 33 countries across Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Asia. These associations are member-based organizations, representing a broad spectrum of financial service providers serving the bottom of the pyramid. … Read More ›
The Evidence-Based Story of Savings Groups: A Synthesis of Seven Randomized Control Trials
Rapid growth of savings groups globally raises a number of questions about how well these groups are serving their members and acting as an effective development intervention overall.This paper surveys the results from seven recent, prominent RCT evaluations of SGs in seven countries. … Read More ›
Understanding Youth and their Financial Needs
The Understanding Youth and their Financial Needs publication provides deep insights into the financial decision making behaviors of youth (e.g., spending, saving, and borrowing) at three different levels—the client level, market segmentation level, and institutional level—and shows how these behaviors can inform the design of financial and education support services.… Read More ›
Savings as a Cornerstone: Laying the Foundation for Financial Inclusion
This report documents the major practical approaches to mobilizing the savings of the poor, focusing on innovations that new savings providers might utilize to overcome key challenges. In particular, the report addresses challenges at the client and institutional levels in order to identify the areas of intervention that hold the greatest strategic importance for practitioners. … Read More ›
Savings Groups at the Frontier
Savings Groups at the Frontier explores the issues that will shape the future of Savings Groups. What are the costs, required inputs, and anticipated outreach of these groups? How does replication take place? How sustainable are the groups? Is it feasible to integrate financial and non-financial services? … Read More ›
Minimum Economic Recovery Standards
The Minimum Economic Recovery Standards articulate the minimum level of technical and other assistance to be provided in promoting the recovery of economies and livelihoods affected by crisis.… Read More ›
The Advance of Mobile Banking in Ecuador: Leveraging shared, industry-wide infrastructure for rural financial inclusion
Since early 2012, Red Financiera Rural (RFR) has been leading a mobile banking initiative that is providing 382,220 rural Ecuadorians with greater access to financial services and products. This initiative brings transactional kiosks to remote communities and deploys loan officers to visit rural areas with digital devices, all powered by a secure, cloud-based digital infrastructure. As a result, rural Ecuadorians can easily make payments, receive loans, and deposit savings regardless of geography.

This profile into RFR's efforts to implement innovative and locally-responsive approaches to financial inclusion offers important lessons for the industry at large.… Read More ›
Expanding E-Money Services in Peru: Reaching unbanked clients and advancing financial inclusion
Peru is the first country in Latin America to implement an e-money law, enabling the development and expansion of electronically-based, mobile financial services for low-income and rural populations. Peru’s legislation is distinctive and innovative in permitting both traditional banks and non-bank financial institutions to serve as e-money issuers. ASOMIF Perú (the association of regulated, non-bank financial institutions in Peru) is leading the implementation process in the microfinance sector.

This profile into ASOMIF's efforts to implement innovative and locally-responsive approaches to financial inclusion offers important lessons for the industry at large.… Read More ›
Expansión de los servicios de dinero electrónico en Perú: Alcance de clientes sin acceso a servicios bancarios y avance de la inclusión financiera
Perú es el primer país de Latinoamérica que pone en vigor una ley de dinero electrónico, permitiendo el desarrollo y ampliación de servicios financieros electrónicos móviles para la población rural de bajos recursos. La legislación peruana es innovadora y se distingue por permitir que tanto los bancos tradicionales como las instituciones financieras no bancarias funcionen como emisoras de dinero electrónico. La ASOMIF de Perú (la asociación de instituciones financieras no bancarias reguladas de Perú) va a la vanguardia en el proceso de implementación en el sector de microfinanzas.

Este perfil de los esfuerzos de ASOMIF en la implementación de enfoques innovadoras de la inclusión financiera ofrece lecciones importantes para la industría.… Read More ›
Expanding Islamic Microfinance in Azerbaijan: The case for industry coordination to serve new client segments
In an effort to meet increasing client demand for Islamic microfinance products in Azerbaijan, a broad group of diverse stakeholders led by the Azerbaijan Microfinance Association (AMFA) is working to enact legislation and build the capacity of financial service providers to deliver these products.

This profile into AMFA's efforts to implement innovative and locally-responsive approaches to financial inclusion offers important lessons for the industry at large.… Read More ›
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