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MFR at the first conference “Microfinance sector in Palestine – Prospects and challenges”

During May 15-16 in Jericho, Palestine, the MFR team participated in the first conference on microfinance in Palestine, co-organized by the Palestine Monetary Authority (PMA) and Sharakeh (network of local microfinance institutions) and supported by the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development.

The event aimed at shedding lights on two of the foremost important priorities in the industry – and namely, the current legal framework regulating microfinance and the improvements to be introduced; as well as the methodology to measure the socio-economic impact of microloans on clients.

During the first day, two research papers were presented and discussed, one of which was conducted by the MicroFinanza Rating team. MFR Executive Director, Aldo Moauro, introduced the “RESEARCH PAPER ON THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC OUTCOME MANAGEMENT OF MICROFINANCE SERVICES IN PALESTINE”. The study aims at designing the architecture to manage outcome, proposing a set of indicators and two alternative approaches, tailored to the Palestinian context (but customizable for other countries).

During the second day, Aldo held a workshop for donors and institutions to highlight the importance of social performances and indicators management. During the workshop, Aldo presented the indicators with the intent of reaching a shared and agreed set within the industry, and understanding how to implement the strategy.

The goal is to measure this set of indicators over the years to understand how the Palestinian microfinance market develops, a market that is worth of almost USD 230m and serves about 90,000 clients, mostly women, young people and small-scale farmers.


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MFR at the 20th MFC Annual Conference, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina



The MFR team will participate in the 20th MFC Annual Conference during May 24-26 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. MFR Regional Manager for Central Asia, Russia and the Caucasus Ulan Diushebaev will co-conduct a pre-conference workshop on responsible princing. The participants will explore the issue of responsible pricing, what the sector can do to achieve its goals, and what each individual microfinance institution can do to ensure transparent and fair pricing. Ulan will also be one of the speakers at a panel discussion entitled: "New markets and market segments for microfinance: frontier countries and EU." The conference will debate the case of large, unserved regions with high demand for microfinance: in traditional emerging markets (Russian North Caucasus), in frontier markets (Uzbekistan), and in developed markets (France, Greece).

Here the agenda for the 2017 MFC Conference.


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News about the European Code of Good Conduct



MicroFinanza Rating is proud to announce that the pilot phase testing the European Code of Good Conduct (ECoGc) for microcredit provision has come to an end in April 2017. During the pilot phase, the providers that went through the CoGC evaluation offered valuable food for thought when it comes to applying the Code in the field.

This test phase has allowed some conclusions to be drawn in order to better meet the needs of the microcredit market in Europe. Among the relevant updates, the priority clause 1.2 on disclosure of APR has been revised to bring the Code better in line with realities of the market for other MFIs that might follow. Additionally the grace period to comply with the ECoGc has been extended from 18 months to 36 months for greenfield financial intermediaries. Find out more on the EaSI Micpro platform.


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MFR certifies Finca Pakistan in Client Protection and announces 40 CPC achieved worldwide

MicroFinanza Rating is proud to announce that Finca Pakistan is certified in Client Protection. Finca Pakistan has demonstrated compliance with all the Certification standards derived from the seven client protection principles.

With Finca Pakistan, MicroFinanza Rating achieves 40 certifications conducted worldwide since 2013 and further confirms its positioning as market leader in the sector. MicroFinanza Rating has been operating in more than 100 countries and is recognized as a key player by microfinance sector leaders in conducting various evaluation services that actively contribute to enhance client driven financial inclusion.

The close client relationships with many of the markets’ top Financial Institutions establishes MicroFinanza Rating as a reputable certifier that aims at strengthening FIs' capacity to serve clients worldwide in a responsible manner and this confirms our commitment to create value for the whole industry.


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Friendship Bridge has been awarded the Truelift Leader Milestone

MicroFinanza Rating announces that Friendship Bridge is now recognized by Truelift as the Leader Milestone, the third Truelift Leader in Latin America and the fourth in the world.

The Leader milestone is the most significant and prestigious of the Truelift milestones, given only to those institutions that are excellent in all three of the Pro-Poor Principles. Truelift Leaders are financially sustainable, demonstrate a responsible financial performance, are Smart Campaign certified in client protection and fully meet the Universal Standards for Social Performance Management Dimensions on balancing financial and social return.

Friendship Bridge is a registered nonprofit organization that empowers impoverished Guatemalan women to create a better future for themselves, their children and their communities through microfinance and education. Friendship Bridge’s Microcredit Plus program combines small loans with participatory Non-Formal Education. With loan capital in hand and through knowledge gained in applicable monthly Non-Formal Education sessions, women start, expand, or diversify their businesses. Nearly 30,000 women participate in Friendship Bridge’s Microcredit Plus program each year.

Find more on Friendship Bridge here.


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