REPORT: Mapping Pathways out of Poverty

15 December, 2015

Campaign Director Larry Reed spoke at the Inclusive Finance India Summit, featuring the 17th annual survey of the global microfinance industry: Mapping Pathways out of Poverty: The State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report, 2015.

The 2015 Report to make the case for the scale-up of financial services "pathways" to help end extreme poverty with prescriptive actions for financial service providers, government policymakers, and others. Reaching the excluded requires knowing where they are, and mapping exercises help us understand the sets of related factors that may contribute to their exclusion.

This State of the Campaign Report is used to highlight the progress of the microfinance community toward two goals set at the Microcredit Summit Campaign's 2006 Global Microcredit Summit: 1) reach 175 million of the world’s poorest families with microfinance, and 2) help 100 million families lift themselves out of extreme poverty. This year, those numbers are reported in the context of the larger movements to provide universal access to financial services and to end extreme poverty—and they show the challenge we are having in attaining our goals.

In this report, six pathways are sketched out that reach those living in extreme poverty with financial services:

  1. Addressing health needs
  2. Incorporating savings groups
  3. Extending graduation programs
  4. Expanding agricultural value chains
  5. Providing a conditional cash transfer program that builds financial inclusion
  6. Advancing digital finance

 

Read the full report here!

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