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MicroFinanza Rating at the 23rd Annual Boulder Microfinance Training

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As part of the 23rd Annual Boulder Microfinance Training (July 17 - August 4, 2017 in Turin, Italy) Aldo Moauro, MFR Director, will be holding the following course in the English Programme:

 

As for the French programme, MFR's Regional manager for Latin American and the Caribbean, Evrim Kirimkan, will be holding a course entitled:

 

With specific and concrete objectives, these courses include group work activities and a variety of case studies, mainly stemming from the wide experience of institutional and social ratings conducted by MicroFinanza Rating in many different countries in the four continents.

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MFR at the 5th European Microfinance Research Conference, Portsmouth, UK

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The MFR team will participate in the 5th European Microfinance Research Conference during June 12-14 in Portsmouth, United Kingdom. The objective of the 5th edition of the conference is to draw together ideas from Europe and beyond which tackle the financial inclusion problem. MFR Business Development Director and member of the Social Performance Task Force Lucia Spaggiari will be one of the speakers at a panel discussion entitled: "(Re)framing Research in Microfinance." The European Microfinance Research Conference is one of the primary meeting places for academics to exchange ideas, build and consolidate networks, give visibility to their projects and to identify gaps and different paths for new research.

Click here to download the 5th European Microfinance Research Conference final programme.

 

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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

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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

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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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