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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Does Good Client Protection Impact Financial Performance?”; by B. Perez-Rocha, A.G.F. Hoepner, L. Spaggiari, C. Lapenu and B. Brusky; Published by European Microfinance Platform

“Does Good Client Protection Impact Financial Performance?”; by B. Perez-Rocha, A.G.F. Hoepner, L. Spaggiari, C. Lapenu and B. Brusky in collaboration with the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) Making Microfinance Responsible Action Group; May 2014; 28 pages; available at http://www.e-mfp.eu/sites/default/files/resources/2014/05/Brief_No_4_2014_web.pdf

This paper explores the relationship between the financial performance of microfinance institutions (MFIs) and the Client Protection Principles (CPP) that are promoted by the Smart Campaign, a US-based consumer protection initiative targeting microfinance clients worldwide. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Integrated Health and Microfinance in India, Volume II: The Way Forward;” by Somen Saha, D.S.K. Rao; published by Microcredit Summit Campaign, Freedom from Hunger

“Integrated Health and Microfinance in India, Volume II: The Way Forward;” by Somen Saha and D.S.K. Rao; published by the Microcredit Summit Campaign and Freedom from Hunger; 2014; 36 pages; available at http://microcreditsummit.org/uploads/resource/document/ffh_indiareport_2014_web_58274.pdf

This paper builds on a report entitled “Integrated Health and Microfinance in India: Harnessing the Strengths of Two Sectors to Improve Health and Alleviate Poverty”, which was written in 2012 by a group of authors that includes those who wrote “Volume Two.” Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: Symbiotics 2014 MIV [Microfinance Investment Vehicle] Survey Report: Market Data and Peer Group Analysis

“Symbiotics 2014 MIV [Microfinance Investment Vehicle] Survey Report: Market Data and Peer Group Analysis;” published by Symbiotics Group; 2014; 36 pages; available at http://www.symbioticsgroup.com/media/72461/symbiotics-2014-symbiotics-miv-survey-report.pdf

Symbiotics, a Switzerland-based investment company that is “specialized in emerging, sustainable and inclusive finance”, recently performed a survey of microfinance investment vehicles (MIVs) regarding their financial and social performance during 2013. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Myanmar: Demand, Supply, Policy and Regulation;” by Doubell Chamberlain et al; published by the Centre for Financial Regulation & Inclusion (CENFRI)

“Myanmar: Demand, Supply, Policy and Regulation;” by Doubell Chamberlain, Hennie Bester, Herman Smit, Christiaan Loots, Shirley Mburu, Ahmed Dermish, Lara Gidvani and David Saunders; published as a Making Access Possible (MAP) Study Synthesis Note by the Centre for Financial Regulation & Inclusion (CENFRI); 2014; 41 pages; available at     http://cenfri.org/documents/MAP/2014/MAP%20Myanmar%20Synthesis%20Note.pdf

This document covers an assessment of the retail financial services market in Myanmar as performed by the Making Access Possible (MAP) program, which was developed by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) to support global financial inclusion. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Self-Selection into Credit Markets: Evidence from Agriculture in Mali;” by Lori Beaman, Dean Karlan, Bram Thuysbaert, Christopher Udry

“Self-Selection into Credit Markets: Evidence from Agriculture in Mali;” by Lori Beaman, Dean Karlan, Bram Thuysbaert and Christopher Udry; released as a working paper by Poverty Action Lab; May 2014; 36 pages; available at http://www.povertyactionlab.org/evaluation/self-selection-credit-markets-mali

In Mali, as in many parts of the developing world, agriculture sustains the livelihood of the vast majority of citizens. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION WRAP-UP: “The Microfinance Sector in Morocco: Investment Opportunities After the Crisis;” Published by MicroFinanza Rating

“The Microfinance Sector in Morocco: Investment Opportunities After the Crisis,” published as part of the Insight series by MicroFinanza Rating, May 2014, 4 pages, available at http://www.microfinanzarating.com/images/Insight_Morocco_March_2014.pdf

Performed by Italy’s MicroFinanza Rating in May 2014, this “country screening” analyzes the political, economic and legal frameworks in which microfinance institutions (MFIs) function in Morocco. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION WRAP-UP: “FinDev Azerbaijan: Retaining Key Staff Through a ‘Pay for Performance’ Culture;” by Sevda Huseynova, Jalal Aliyev, Kinga Dabrowska; published by Microfinance Centre

“FinDev Azerbaijan: Retaining Key Staff Through a ‘Pay for Performance’ Culture;” by Sevda Huseynova, Jalal Aliyev and Kinga Dabrowska; published by the Microfinance Centre; March 2014; 7 pages; available at http://www.mfc.org.pl/sites/mfc.org.pl/files/FinDev_SP_Fund_ENG.pdf

The authors of this paper describe Finance for Development Limited Liability Company (LLC) (FinDev), an Azerbaijan-based institution that offers economic opportunities for poor people, particularly the evolution of its “staff performance appraisal system and salary compensation scheme.” Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION WRAP-UP: “The Promise of Microfinance and Women’s Empowerment; What Does the Evidence Say?;” by Dina Pomeranz; published by EY (Ernst & Young)

“The Promise of Microfinance and Women’s Empowerment; What Does the Evidence Say?;” by Dina Pomeranz; published by EY (Ernst & Young Global Limited), February 2014; 24 pages; available at http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/EY_-_Microfinance_and_womens_empowerment/$FILE/EY-The%20promise-of-microfinance-and-womens-empowerment.pdf

In this paper, Dr Pomeranz gives a brief overview of the history of microfinance as well as is discussing the “size, magnitude and geographical reach” of the sector, citing that approximately 3,600 microfinance institutions (MFIs) served 200 million customers globally as of 2010. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Invest. Catalyze. Mainstream. The Indian Impact Investing Story;” by Nisha Dutt, Usha Ganesh, Prashant Chandrasekaran, Payal Agarwal, Samved Patil, Ankit Gupta; Published by Intellecap

“Invest. Catalyze. Mainstream. The Indian Impact Investing Story;” by Nisha Dutt, Usha Ganesh, Prashant Chandrasekaran, Payal Agarwal, Samved Patil and Ankit Gupta; published by Intellecap, April 2014, 70 pages, available at http://intellecap.com/publications/invest-catalyze-mainstream-india-impact-investing-story

India is a major hub for impact investing – an investment approach that pursues financial returns while seeking social and environmental improvements in low-income communities. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION WRAP-UP: “Financial Inclusion and Development: Recent Impact Evidence;” by Robert Cull, Tilman Ehrbeck, Nina Holle; published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor)

“Financial Inclusion and Development: Recent Impact Evidence;” by Robert Cull, Tilman Ehrbeck and Nina Holle; published by CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) as Focus Note Number 92; April 2014; 12 pages; available at http://www.cgap.org/sites/default/files/FocusNote-Financial-Inclusion-and-Development-April-2014.pdf

The authors of this document argue that “financial inclusion is an important development priority”[1] that helps poor people around the world improve their lives. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL PAPER WRAP-UP: “Technical Guide: Performance and Social Indicators for Microfinance Institutions;” by Sebastian von Stauffenberg, Damian von Stauffenberg, Maritza Rodriguez, Rebecca Spradlin, Antonio Bryant; Published by MicroRate

“Technical Guide: Performance and Social Indicators for Microfinance Institutions;” by Sebastian von Stauffenberg, Damian von Stauffenberg, Maritza Rodriguez, Rebecca Spradlin and Antonio Bryant; Published by MicroRate; 2014; 64 pages; available at http://www.microrate.com/media/downloads/2014/05/MicroRate_-Technical-Guide-20142.pdf

Published by MicroRate, a US-based rating agency that evaluates risk and performance of microfinance institutions (MFIs), this guide provides an outline on how to assess the quality of an MFI. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION WRAP-UP: “Spotlight on the Market, The Impact Investor Study;” by Yasemin Saltuk, Ali El Idrissi; published by J.P. Morgan Global Social Finance, Global Impact Investing Network

Spotlight on the Market, The Impact Investor Study;” published by J.P. Morgan Global Social Finance and Global Impact Investing Network; May 2014; 52 pages; available at http://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/socialfinance/document/140502-Spotlight_on_the_market-FINAL.pdf

This study, prepared by US-based financial institution J.P. Morgan and US-based nonprofit Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), details the findings of the organizations’ fourth annual survey about “impact investments,” which are defined as those made “with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.” Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Financial Capability in Colombia: Results from a National Survey on Financial Behaviors, Attitudes, and Knowledge;” by Rekha Reddy, Miriam Bruhn and Congyan Tan; Published by The World Bank

“Financial Capability in Colombia: Results from a National Survey on Financial Behaviors, Attitudes, and Knowledge;” by Rekha Reddy, Miriam Bruhn and Congyan Tan; published by The World Bank; 2013; 87 pages; available at http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2013/07/18054984/financial-capability-colombia-results-national-survey-financial-behaviors-attitudes-knowledge

This report, which was published by The World Bank, a US-based multilateral institution, analyzes a survey carried out in Colombia regarding “financial capabilities,” including behaviors, attitudes and knowledge regarding financial products. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Dynamic Effects of Microcredit in Bangladesh,” Published by the Development Research Group of the World Bank

“Dynamic Effects of Microcredit in Bangladesh,” by Shahidur R. Khandker and Hussain A. Samad, published by The World Bank, March 2014, 50 pages, available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2417519

Microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Bangladesh have experienced rapid growth over the past two decades and in 2008 disbursed approximately USD 1.8 billion to approximately 30 million clients. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Water, Sanitation and Microfinance Toolkit 1: Introduction to Opportunities in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance,” Published by Water.org, MicroSave

“Water, Sanitation and Microfinance Toolkit 1: Introduction to Opportunities in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance;” published by Water.org and MicroSave, 2013, 75 pages, available at http://www.washmicrofinance.org/

Water insecurity and unhygienic sanitation practices pose significant health and financial risks in the developing world. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Using Subsidies for Inclusive Insurance: Lessons from Agriculture and Health;” by Ruth Vargas Hill, Gissele Gajate-Garrido, Caroline Phily, and Aparna Dalal; Published by International Labour Organization

“Using Subsidies for Inclusive Insurance: Lessons from Agriculture and Health;” by Ruth Vargas Hill, Gissele Gajate-Garrido, Caroline Phily, and Aparna Dalal; published by International Labour Organization; January 2014; 55 pages; available at http://www.microinsurancefacility.org/publications/mp29

This report was published by the Microinsurance Innovation Facility, a nonprofit research institution housed within the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO) that promotes the development of insurance products and risk-mitigation markets in developing economies. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “Literature Review on the Impact of Microinsurance,” Published by Microinsurance Innovation Facility

“Literature Review on the Impact of Microinsurance,” published by the Microinsurance Innovation Facility, October 2013, 15 pages, available at http://www.microinsurancefacility.org/publications/rp35

Microinsurance is a financial instrument that provides coverage to help low-income individuals hedge against various risks. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PAPER WRAP-UP: “A Guide to Responsible Investing,” Published by MicroRate

“A Guide to Responsible Investing,” published by MicroRate, December 2013, 7 pages, available at http://www.microrate.com/a-guide-to-responsible-investing-a-microrate-white-paper

MicroRate, a US-based for-profit microfinance rating agency, has published a primer introducing the terminology and practices used by the “responsible” investing community. Continue reading

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