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Learning and sharing lessons from our microfinance projects

By Guest

 

The MIF has worked on hundreds of microfinance projects over our two decades, and we continue to do so. In the 1990s, when we were just getting started, microfinance in Latin America and the Caribbean was much less developed than it is today. In 1998, we established a “line of activity” that focused on establishing best practices for microfinance in the region. Now, microfinance is much more sophisticated and its needs are more complicated. We launched a second “line of activity” of smaller-scale microfinance projects in 2003, which targeted a broader range of partners than its predecessor did—not only traditional microfinance institutions (MFIs), but also banks seeking to reach smaller-scale clients, cooperatives, networks, and other kinds of organizations in the microfinance sphere needing institutional strengthening. 

Las fuentes de información mas respetadas en Microfinanzas

By Guest


 

¿Dónde puede encontrar información actualizada y comparable sobre microfinanzas e inclusión financiera? ¿Cuáles son las fuentes más confiables?  Estos temas fueron recientemente abordados en nuestras discusiones preliminares para ampliar el enfoque del Microscopio Global sobre el entorno de las Microfinanzas hacia la Inclusión Financiera; y como parte de este proceso, analizamos los resultados de una evaluación realizada por Fusion Research sobre la relevancia del Microscopio Global entre los actores del sector de las microfinanzas. 

 

Building up biz in the Caribbean: investigating demand for microcredit

By Ryan Tang

Despite efforts from microfinance practitioners and donors to develop microfinance in the Caribbean, uptake of formal microcredit has lagged behind expectations in some cases. Meanwhile, anecdotal evidence indicates that many microentrepreneurs continue to use informal financing alternatives, such as rotating savings and credit associations (ROSCAs), moneylenders, and supplier credit. This raises important questions about the potential for microfinance in the Caribbean. Why do some microentrepreneurs still turn to informal mechanisms instead of formal microcredit to finance their business? What characteristics of financing are most important to Caribbean microentrepreneurs? 

Recognizing excellence in Caribbean microfinance

By Ryan Tang

A Microfinance Start-up Becomes Front-runner, Client Protection, and ‘Very, Very Good Sauce’

On the evening of October 31, 2013, microfinance stakeholders from around the Caribbean gathered at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica to participate in the second annual Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards for the Caribbean, sponsored by Citi Foundation and the Multilateral Investment Fund under the auspices of the Caribbean Microfinance Capacity-Building Project II. The Excellence in Microentrepreneurship in Suriname award was presented to Mr. Jurgen Boodie, owner of Restaurant JiJi’s, the Excellence in Microfinance Product Innovation award was won by Access Financial Services in Jamaica, and La Inmaculada Credit Union in Belize emerged as the winner of the Excellence in Microfinance Transparency award. As a few of the speakers noted, there is something special about gathering microfinance stakeholders in one place and recognizing the accomplishments of the best.

Gobierno corporativo en las microfinanzas

By Georg Neumann

Esta blog pertenece a la serie de blogs en torno al XVI Foromic que se llevará a cabo este año en Guadalajara del 30 de septiembre al 2 de octubre.

Por Leticia Emme, Social Performance Task Force

La evolución de la industria de las microfinanzas dentro de un ambiente desafiante, que incluye esquemas legales más sofisticados y mayor competencia, ha reconfirmado la importancia del efectivo gobierno corporativo en las instituciones microfinancieras (IMF). La presión generada a partir de la reciente crisis global en el sector, así como problemas a nivel país/región reveló la debilidad de los sistemas de gobernanza en las IMF. La importancia de una gobernanza efectiva es uno de los desafíos más grandes que enfrenta el sector hoy en día.

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