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Responsible Finance through Local Leadership in Sub-Saharan Africa

Responsible Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa: 2013 Data Analysis Trainings

In support of increasing transparency in local markets, SEEP hosted two training sessions with MIX called, Using MIX Market data to produce relevant data analysis for the market,  for participants in the SEEP Responsible Finance through Local Leadership in Sub-Saharan Africa Program. 

BF Training                                                   BF Training 2

The first training took place November 25 - 27, 2013 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso with participants from  APSFD Senegal, APSFD Ivory Coast, APSFD Burkina Faso and Alafia Consortium Benin. The second training took place December 9 -11, 2013 in  Kigali, Rwanda with participants from AMIR (Rwanda), AMFIU (Uganda) and GHAMFIN (Ghana). These trainings were a follow-on to the training conducted as a part of the program in Senegal in March 2013.

The objectives of the training were the following:

-       To review indicators and trends and analysis of the data in individual markets

-        For the participants to take the next steps to produce relevant reports for their markets and thus close the feedback loop. 

The goals of the 3-day skill building trainings were for participants to have a better understanding of performance indicators, improve their analysis skills and be able to produce reports and newsletters for their members.  Each of the associations produced an analysis report during the training, which was then critiqued in order to make improvements. The participants also learned about MIX's new reporting platform and discussed partnership opportunities  with the MIX for data collection and reporting. 

In addition to building associations' capacity, the participants had a chance to discuss the challenges to reporting, the greatest of which is MFIs understanding (or lack thereof) the benefits of reporting. Some key benefits the associations want to highlight with members include:

  • Enables informed decisions by customers, investors and policy makers
  • Comparability – reporting creates a context for peer comparisons and hence improve performance
  • Associations can use the reported data in advocacy and be able to face policy makers
  • Helps facilitate interventions in the sector

To read more about one participant's training experience and perspective on data collection, see this post by  of AMIR (Rwanda).

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