'Certified Expert in Climate & Renewable Energy Finance' is the newest online course offered by the LinkEd E-learning Platform of the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. Register now for the next course period (March - August 2014).
Read more 10 December, 2013
In November CGAP announced the 30 winners of the 2013 Photo Contest. The CGAP Photo Contest ‘aims to highlight stand-out photography from amateurs and professionals around the world depicting financial inclusion’ (CGAP, 2013). Find here three winning Dutch entries.
Read more 26 November, 2013
With the paper "Microfinance Partnerships to Help Access Basic Services", Convergences examines 'how multi-actor partnerships can help microfinance institutions in their mission to improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable clients and in particular, support them in their access to basic social services' (Convergences, 2013). Find the study here.
Read more 25 November, 2013
At the annual meeting of the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) in November Josien Sluijs, director of NpM, was voted as new board member of the e-MFP. Ms Sluijs will represent the Dutch inclusive finance sector; 'I am looking forward to being a board member of e-MFP. I believe that representation of the Dutch sector on European level is important.'
Read more 20 November, 2013
The foundation of the Smart Campaign is the seven client protection principles (CPPs). The seven CPPs form the heart of their technical work. To learn more about the Smart Campaign, their assessments and the CPPs, find the newly released video here:
Read more 11 November, 2013
The report ‘Paying Taxes to Assist the Poor? Balancing Social and Financial Interest’ is a result of dialogue among members of NpM and presents the joint vision of all members on microfinance and taxation. In this report the members have agreed that they “should, in principle, invest in the country where the activities take place. Second, NpM and its members hold that there is no justification for profit shifting or the deliberate structuring of companies [...]
Read more 15 October, 2013
'Increase sustainable outreach to SMEs' says Thorsten Beck in Upsides, an initiative of FMO and Triodos. Thorsten Beck - Professor of Banking and Finance at Cass Business School in London, Professor of Economics at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and Research Fellow at CEPR - was one of the keynote speakers at the NpM conference "SME Finance, How to Reach the Missing Middle?" in September.
Read more 8 October, 2013
On 26 Sepember 2013 Queen Máxima attended the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to meet with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to hand over her annual report of activities detailing her fourth year as his Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA). "She also used the opportunity to meet with leaders from the UN, governments, private sector, and civil society to advocate for an ambitious aspirational goal of universal access to financial services in the post-2015 development agenda, to encourage more coordination, national leadership and deeper partnerships with the aim of accelerating progress."
Read more 26 September, 2013
NpM, FMO and Triple Jump welcomed over 200 people in Korzo Theatre The Hague, to discuss and share ideas about financing SME’s in developing countries. A modern dance performance and a presentation by WWF Netherlands put participants in a creative mode to come up with solutions on how to reach and service the un(der)financed missing middle.
Read more 16 September, 2013
"Banks and social investors are often reluctant to provide financial services to producer organisations, rural microfinance institutions or small businesses because they are perceived as too risky. ICCO's guarantee fund is challenging that view."
Read more 10 September, 2013
Together with FMO and Triple Jump, NpM introduces the conference "SME Finance, How to Reach the Missing Middle?" on 12 September 2013 at Korzo Theatre in The Hague. Key note speakers are Thorsten Beck (University of Tilburg), Mark Paper (Business Partners International), Christiaan Rebergen (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Johan van de Gronden (World Wildlife Fund).
Read more 29 July, 2013
The new Women's World Banking publication 'Gender Performance Indicators: How well are we serving women?' offers microfinance institutions a tool that gives them valuable business and social information to improve outreach and service to women. The indicators in this tool can assist the institutions in measuring the achievement of mission. Also tips on implementation are included.
Read more 8 July, 2013
"Visión Banco, the biggest microfinance bank of Paraguay, invites starting or otherwise vulnerable micro-entrepreneurs to participate in a two-day course designed to strengthen their enterprises. The course, called Negocios que llegan lejos (‘Businesses that get further’), is very popular among the bank’s clients, who mostly run family businesses."
Read more 3 June, 2013
At the top floor of the head office of Rabobank in Utrecht, European platforms active in inclusive finance met on May 16, 2013. In an informal setting, platforms from Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain and the European Microfinance Platform were invited to share their views on their own platform and activities. Also present was the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg.
Read more 23 May, 2013
Introduced by Vijay Mahajan, Chair of the Executive Committee of CGAP, Queen Máxima of The Netherlands spoke at the CGAP annual meeting on Wednesday morning 15 May in Amsterdam. In her speech she urges the financial inclusion community, "as our work is far from done", to focus on two priorities; Getting to Scale and Creating Impact. Find the full speech (video and text) here.
Read more 15 May, 2013
On March 19, the Danish Forum for Microfinance held its 'Learning Conference' to review what has been learned over the past three years and what are possible future directions. Director of NPM, Josien Sluijs was invited as guest speaker.
Read more 2 May, 2013
'Connecting the world's poorest people to the global economy’ is CARE International latest report looking at new models for linking informal savings groups to formal financial services in different countries. The report concludes with some recommendations to engage key stakeholders to further enhance financial inclusion for the poor.
Read more 13 March, 2013
Report by CGAP and PIIF: Investors in inclusive finance demonstrate a strong commitment to responsible investment
CGAP and the UN-backed PRI Initiative’s Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance (PIIF) have released a report with new insights into fund managers’ commitments to responsible investment in inclusive finance. The report is based on 15 voluntary responses to the direct investor supplement of the PRI Reporting Framework received between June and August 2012. Here are the higlights:
Read more 5 March, 2013
The publication; The New Microfinance Handbook: A Financial Market System Perspective, takes a market system approach to financial inclusion, considering the clients and their needs and how the market can better meet their needs. The book is freely available through the openknowledge website of the World Bank. The handbook provides a strategic guide to help assess the financial service needs of the poor and to determine how a diversified financial sector can address these needs.
Read more 1 March, 2013
The report is an account of the developments in responsible finance and social performance space in India. The report captures the essence of policy, strategy and practice elements of social performance in the sector. The Social Performance Report 2012 discusses different approaches of stakholders to improving customer protection and increasing sector focus on customer welfare. The report reviews research on the impact of microfinance and looks at the changes that have taken place, the changes that are necessary and the need for stakeholder collaboration to ensure customer welfare.
Read more 7 February, 2013
The newly released report 'Banking on Change: Breaking the Barriers to Financial Inclusion' examines the barriers to financial inclusion in developing countries and the potential boost to the global economy that large scale financial inclusion represents. The report was launched by Banking on Change partners, Barclays, CARE International and Plan UK.
Read more 28 January, 2013
The 2013 Harvard Business School-Accion Program on Strategic Leadership for Microfinance is a high-level strategy and leadership training for those shaping the microfinance industry, including executives of MFIs and mainstream banks, regulators and investors.
Read more 21 January, 2013
The Rating Guide was published by the Rating Initiative in collaboration with the microfinance sector’s main rating agencies (M-cril, Microfinanza Rating, MicroRate, Planet Rating) in order to provide information on Microfinance Institutional Rating methodologies and processes.
Read more 20 December, 2012
In November, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Rabobank hosted a congress with the theme of “Working together for international food stability” in The Hague. The congress was organised to commemorate the conclusion of the International Year of Cooperatives. Recently, Rabobank has published "Cooperatives and Rural Financial Development", in which Rabobank's view on the world food issue is highlighted.
Read more 27 November, 2012
Microfinance institutions relying on selfmanagement and members’ participation seem to have a strong competitive advantage to sustainably reach out to rural areas. This is one of the conclusions in a new study on microfinance and rural outreach by the Rural outreach & Innovation (RoI) action Group of the european Microfinance Platform (e-MfP).
Read more 15 November, 2012