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MicroFinanza Rating at the European Microfinance Week, 12-14 November, Luxembourg

As guest speaker Aldo Moauro, MFR Executive Director, will be holding two panels, respectively "Microfinance and poverty" on Thursday, Nov 13th, and "Social and financial performance: better together?" on Friday, Nov 14th, as part of the European Microfinance Week, carrying the theme of Developing Better Markets.
The first panel will focus on the poverty outreach results from social ratings conducted by MicroFinanza Rating since 2007, while the second panel will highlight the differences and similarities of MicroFinanza Rating research on financial and social performances compared to the results presented by Moody's.
To have more information, visit the website of the European Microfinance Platform, which is the organizer of the event.

VisionFund AzerCredit is SMART certified by MicroFinanza Rating

As Client Protection Certifier licensed by the SMART Campaign, MicroFinanza Rating is happy to announce that a new Certificate has been given to AzerCredit – Azerbaijan since the institution has demonstrated to accomplish with all the Certification standards derived from the seven client protection principles. The mission of VF AzerCredit is to provide financial services, which have a positive impact on the lives of the poor. As such, today VF AzerCredit operates 43 outlets throughout the country, which serve around 80,000 customers with loan products primarily. For more details on the Methodology used by MicroFinanza Rating, see the "SMART Certification" section of our website.

5 Case studies of MFI compliance with the Universal Standards developed by MFR

In partnership with the Microfinance Centre (MFC), MicroFinanza Rating developed 5 new case studies for the SP Fund series within the framework of the Social Performance Fund for Networks project funded by the Ford Foundation.
Learn how the selected microfinance institutions achieved high level of compliance in 5 Standards of the USSPM.

Read more about their achievements:

First 2 Credit Ratings released in Bolivia by MFR as licensed rating agency

MicroFinanza Rating has successfully released and published the credit rating of Sembrar Sartawi (BBB3) and Banco PyME de la Comunidad (A3). It is a milestone for MicroFinanza Rating that received the license from the Supervisory Authority of the Financial System (ASFI) in January 2014.

RIM launches website for microfinance industry

The Risk management Initiative in Microfinance (RIM) today launched an official website for the microfinance industry. The website,, will provide a dedicated virtual hub for the dissemination of risk management standards, information sharing, and industry cooperation.

RIM Director, Kevin Fryatt, said the website is an important step in bringing together like-minded organizations to share information about risk management. "As an industry initiative, RIM's main focus is on the development of microfinance risk management standards, information sharing, and industry cooperation," said Mr. Fryatt. "The website will provide a virtual platform where microfinance industry experience and knowledge in risk management can come together in a single location," added Mr. Fryatt.

From its inception, the RIM website will provide information about the initiative and its current activities as well as providing avenues for industry actors with a vested interest in risk management to get involved. RIM's web offering includes the development of its best practice Risk Management Graduation Model, a pathways-based, scalable risk management framework for microfinance institutions at different levels of development.

The Risk Management Graduation Model brings together decades of microfinance risk management experience into a risk management framework which can be adopted by microfinance institutions in an effort to standardize and develop their risk management capabilities. RIM's Risk Management Graduation Model and its associated diagnostic tool will be made available to microfinance institutions globally as a free download.

For more information about RIM or the Risk Management Graduation Model, visit:

MicroFinanza Rating at the VIII Microfinance National Conference in Tajikistan

Dushanbe, September 26th

As guest speaker MicroFinanza Rating will be holding a panel titled "Experience and results of SMART certification, international practice" as part of the VIII Microfinance National Conference in Tajikistan organized by the Association of Microfinance Organizations of Tajikistan (AMFOT), the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and Bank Eskhata. In order to ensure an efficient, sustainable and transparent functioning of the financial market in Tajikistan, the conference aims at analyzing different aspects of the relationship between professional standards and business ethics of financial institutions, competition and accessibility to financial services, oversight and supervision of financial market regulators, and consumers' rights protection. Read the agenda of the event.

Sanabel 2014 Conference

MicroFinanza Rating will be participating in the Sanabel Conference, which is held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from September 29 to 30, 2014. The conference aims to provide an overview on the state of the industry in Arab countries, highlighting current developments and discussing present and future potential opportunities for growth. The theme of the conference will be "Microfinance at Crossroads; Current Developments and Future Prospects in the Arab States." It will address alternative approaches to serve the financially underserved by sharing experiences and innovations in technology platforms, progress towards improved regulatory structures, and options for transformation. For more information, please visit the website

Updated results on social rating data published on the 2014 Microfinance Barometer

MicroFinanza Rating is happy to announce the publication of updated findings on social rating data provided in collaboration with Planet Rating, for 2008 - 2014. The article "Social Rating Scores Worldwide" is published on the 2014 Microfinance Barometer and presents results in terms of worldwide social rating results and achievements of social performance areas per region and legal status. Click here to download the publication.

Consortium with Planet Rating to conduct (pre) certifications of FINCA affiliates

MicroFinanza Rating, in consortium with Planet Rating, reached agreement with FINCA International on a partnership that promotes best practices across FINCA affiliates through SMART client protection certifications and pre-certifications. The project will last 5 years and foresees at least 20 FINCA's affiliates undergoing the Certification Process inclusive of follow-up visits, while one workshop per region will be held during FINCA regional meetings to capture regional specificities and provide FINCA's staff the knowledge to prepare for certification. The added value of the Consortium is in terms of local knowledge, quality control, execution capacity and flexibility. To learn more about the SMART Certification, please visit our webpage.

New Country Screenings available: Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo

If you would like to purchase the Country Screening for Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, then contact us requesting a quote. The Country Screening provides an in-depth analysis of a country's main legal, fiscal, institutional aspects related to the local microfinance sector and recognition of the most promising MFIs. The cost of the report depends on the number of contractors and level of customization required by the applicant as shown in the dedicated section of our website.

Click here to know the list of immediately available Country Screenings, and those, which are upcoming.

MicroFinanza Rating at the 20th Boulder Microfinance Training Programme

As part of the 20th Boulder Microfinance Training Programme (Turin on July 7-25), Aldo Moauro (MicroFinanza Rating CEO) and Evrim Kirimkan (Latin America Regional Manager) will be holding respectively following courses:

  • Financial, Social, and Environmental Rating, which offers a special focus on providing tools that will strengthen financial skills and build risk analysis proficiency in order to prepare professional decision-makers to confront upcoming challenges of the microfinance sector.
  • Comprehensive evaluation of performance: financial and social, which focuses on how to evaluate both 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, its common areas and specificities.

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

To register or have additional information, click here.

Upcoming missions and events - July

In July MicroFinanza Rating team will be in the following countries: Comoros, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Poland, Kenya, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Mexico.

Moreover, we will be participating to the following events:

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