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MFR completed the training workshop for the Micro Finance Unit in Swaziland

On the 10th and 11th of August, MicroFinanza Rating completed the training workshop marking the final phase of the microfinance sector assessment in Swaziland. The project: MFI Strengthening and Design of Operations Manual for Monitoring and Coordination of the Microfinance Sector in Swaziland entailed an initial assessment of the State of the Microfinance Sector followed by the development of the Monitoring Manual, System and Tools for the Micro Finance Unit (MFU).

The Micro Finance Unit (MFU) is a semi-autonomous wing of the Ministry of Finance implementing the Rural Finance and Enterprise Development Programme (RFEDP) which is supported by the Government of Swaziland and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).  

The State of the Microfinance Sector Report provides an institutional assessment of the key players, a SWOT analysis of the microfinance sector and recommendations to strengthen the microfinance sector. The Monitoring Manual outlines the strategy, an evaluation of existing monitoring practices and design of a monitoring system and tools for the microfinance sector. 

MicroFinanza Rating presents cooperation with FAO

In June 2016, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reached agreement with MicroFinanza Rating on a cooperation to conduct Microfinance Institutional Ratings of Zimbabwe Microfinance Fund (ZMF) and Microfinance Institutions in Zimbabwe that are participating in the Rural Finance sub component of LFSP (Zimbabwe Livelihoods and Food Security Program) APN (Agricultural Productivity and Nutrition).

As requested by FAO, MicroFinanza Rating will be providing: the Rating of Zimbabwe Microfinance Fund and the Rating of 6 Microfinance Institutions.

On the 30th of June 2016 MicroFinanza Rating conducted a rating sensitization workshop to the benefit of the top management of ZMF and the MFIs. From the 25th to the 29th of July MicroFinanza Rating is performing the first Microfinance Institutional Rating.

MicroFinanza Rating is also conducting a separate training for non-FAO supported MFIs who are members of the Zimbabwe Association of Microfinance Institution (ZAMFI).

This project is an important milestone for the Zimbabwe microfinance industry’s continued development. The whole project will be carried out between July and December 2016.

Kick-off meeting of the project “New programs feasibility study on traditional financial service providers” for Boulder Institute of Microfinance

MicroFinanza Rating is pleased to announce today the kick-off meeting of the project “New programs feasibility study on traditional financial service providers” as part of The Boulder Institute’s project to develop new programs responding to emerging issues in the field of financial inclusion.

The project aims at identifying the issues that traditional microfinance leaders consider pertinent and relevant for the survival and success of the sector. A questionnaire for interviews will be used to identify the challenges faced by the microfinance community that could be addressed by capacity building initiatives, the knowledge about the capacity building offer available on the market and the satisfaction with the current offer available, including the Boulder institute and the desired training.

 The interviews will be conducted to a sample of actors that includes representatives of traditional financial services providers, capacity building providers and industry leaders. The sample size and composition will be determined in order to ensure a good representativeness of the industry players.

MicroFinanza Rating announces Client Protection Standards 2.0

MicroFinanza Rating is happy to announce the updated certification standards for Client Protection. 

The revised standards streamline and enhance the previous version, to reflect the evolving financial inclusion of the industry. To be certified, a financial institution (FI) needs to comply with all the indicators corresponding to the 25 adequate standards of care for client protection, described in the document downloadable at the following link. The standards operationalize where the financial inclusion industry sets the bar in terms of the minimum level of behavior clients should expect from their financial service providers. 

Why get certified? Read more here!

MicroFinanza Rating at the 22nd Boulder Microfinance Training Programme

As part of the 22nd Boulder Microfinance Training Programme (July 18 - August 5, 2016 in Turin, Italy) Aldo Moauro MFR Director, and Evrim Kirimkan, MFR Latin America Regional Manager, will be holding the following courses in the English Programme:

  • Financial and Social Rating of Microfinance Institutions, (July 18-22) which aims at illustrating in detail the methodologies and processes adopted by specialized rating agencies when assessing Microfinance Institutions.
  • Financial and Social Performance Assessment: Understanding the Whole Picture (August 1-5) which focuses on how to evaluate and interpret the financial and social performance of a Microfinance Institution.Participants will be introduced to the main dimensions and indicators of financial and social performance evaluation, with a discussion on whether they are compatible with each other.

Both courses will combine presentations, participatory discussions and exercises. Best practices and practical cases will be discussed to improve the comprehension of each topic.

For additional information, click here.

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