Seeking common ground on evaluating impact


“However beautiful the Strategy, you should occasionally look at the results." – Winston Churchill

Our MIF team – General Manager Nancy Lee, Claudia Gutierrez, Tetsuro Narita and me – recently spent two days with development experts and academics discussing and debating the importance of impact evaluation on Financial Inclusion programs. The retreat, co-sponsored by CGAP and DFID, was held in the shadow of Buckingham Palace at DFID’s offices, and included about 60 experts from development banks (ADB, CDC, DFID, MIF, EBRD, EIB, FMO, IFC...), foundations (Citi, Mastercard and Ford) and well-known scholars from IPA, Harvard and other institutions. The meeting was the brainchild of Alexia Latortue from CGAP, who saw a need to get a common understanding among funders and donors of the best evaluation methods, and also to spend time creating a “new impact narrative for Access to Finance.”

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Plantain chips in Barbados: the winners of a Caribbean Microentrepreneurship Award

The trip to Barbados was Javier Basto’s first time traveling outside of Belize. In his luggage, he had two big boxes filled with bags of plantain chips and churros.

Javier Basto, owner of Basto & Sons Plantain Chips, crossed the Caribbean Sea to Bridgetown to receive the award for Excellence in Microentrepreneurship, one of two prizes for the first Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards for the Caribbean. Marcus James, founder and owner of Access Financial Services in Jamaica was presented with the award for Excellence in Microfinance. 

By Ryan Tang

lunes, 22 de octubre de 2012/Author: Winsome Leslie/Number of views (14890)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Préstamos de consumo y sobreendeudamiento en América Latina / Consumer lending and overindebtedness in Latin America


Por Rafe Mazer (CGAP) y Sergio Navajas (FOMIN). 

Esta es la segunda entrada de la serie de blogs en torno al XV Foromic que se llevará a cabo este año en Barbados del 1-3 de octubre. English version. 

En los últimos años los niveles de endeudamiento de hogares de ingresos  bajos en América Latina se ha crecido considerablemente. Esto, en parte, debido al crecimiento de los préstamos de consumo que además ha coincidido con el aumento de los ingresos de muchas familias en países como Chile, Perú, Brasil, México y Colombia. Esta creciente base de consumidores ha atraído a nuevos proveedores de servicios, desde cadenas minoristas a nivel nacional o internacional hasta prestamistas de consumo de arraigo local, ávidos de acaparar una cuota del mercado en una población que en el pasado ha sido desatendida por las instituciones financieras tradicionales.

viernes, 21 de septiembre de 2012/Author: Sergio Navajas/Number of views (13389)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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