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COAC Santa Anita obtains its first Social Performance and Impact Rating

The Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Santa Anita Ltda. (COAC Santa Anita), founded in 2001 with the objective of supporting the development of the indigenous farming sectors of northern Ecuador, has obtained an SPIR rating of SP4 +. Santiago Arnaudin, Director of Social Ratings of I[SR] said: “Santa Anita COAC demonstrates a clear orientation towards […]

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Second-largest MFI in Myanmar gets rated

Sathapana Limited, a deposit-taking MFI based in Myanmar, obtained an SP3 rating, which suggests that its processes and infrastructure are consistent with a good likelihood of acting in the best interest of its clients and that it is amongst its highest priorities. The SPIR Rating Report highlights that Sathapana’s written policies reveal the MFI’s support […]

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Tools for improving you Social Performance and Impact

We are happy to present our second issue of the series on tools for improving your social performance and impact, written by our regulatory advisor and representative for Latin America, Micaela Pierolivo. The articles are aimed to provide overviews of policies to enhance companies’ practices in terms of social performance topics such as environmental management tools, effective […]

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SPIR Announcement: COAC Santa Anita

Inclusion [Social Ratings] released a newly assigned Social Performance & Impact Rating (SPIR) today on the Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Santa Anita (COAC Santa Anita), based in Cotacachi, Ecuador. COAC Santa Anita’s Social Mission says “We are a Popular and Solidarity Savings and Credit Cooperative that offers quality financial products and services, aimed at the rural […]

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SPIR Announcement: Sathapana Limited

Inclusion [Social Ratings] today released a newly assigned Social Performance & Impact Rating (SPIR) on Sathapana Limited (SATHAPANA), a deposit-taking microfinance institution (DMFI) based in Yangon, Myanmar. SATHAPANA’s Social Mission is “To empower entrepreneurs and to generate employments in order to upgrade their living standard through access to financial services in a sustainable manner”. The word Sathapana […]

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Inclusion [SR] welcomes George Madzokere who will support us in our new Cape Town office

George joins us as Technical Wizard (not really his official title… but should be). His responsibilities include developing new rating scorecards and enhancing our existing analytics, as well as providing critical technical support. George has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Financial Economics & Investment Management, a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Sciences and […]

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Tools for improving your Social Performance and Impact

Inclusion [Social Ratings] is pleased to share with our clients and partners the first of our series of articles on tools for improving your social performance and impact, written by our regulatory advisor and representative for Latin America, Micaela Pierolivo. The series will provide overviews of policies to enhance companies’ practices in terms of social […]

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Financial technology in Benin: Mobile accounts exceed those opened in banks

The acquisition of smartphones, androids, etc. has sparked a debate in Benin about the rivalry between mobile phone companies and banks. Currently most Beninese users predominantly rely on mobile payments to send and receive money in their country. As a result, the use of electronic money has grown exponentially over the last five years in […]

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Borvor Finance PLC improves its social performance

Borvor Finance PLC (formerly known as CCSF), a rural credit operator based in Cambodia, obtained an SP3- rating, which represents an improvement on its previous SP4+ rating in 2017. The creation of a board of directors and measures designed to measure client satisfaction and receive their feedback were amongst the main drivers for this change. […]

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Significant Development of Financial Inclusion in Latin America during 2018

2018 closed on a positive balance for the expansion of financial inclusion in Latin America, according to the IV Financial Inclusion Report 2018 published by the Latin American Federation of Banks (Federación Latinoamericana de Bancos or Felaban). The gap that existed between groups with limited access to financial services and financial inclusion has been narrowed, […]

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Africa Fintech Forum 2018

Gilles Da Costa, Regional Director of Inclusion [Africa], participated in the Africa Fintech Forum 2018 in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) from November 26th to the 27th. Gilles, together with Diallo Boubacar, the African representative of the Smart Campaign, hosted the responsible digital finance workshop.

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BBVAMF receives the Corporate Citizen of the Americas 2018 Award

BBVA Microfinance Foundation, whose mission is to promote inclusive, sustainable economic and social development, has been awarded the Corporate Citizen of the Americas (CCA) 2018 Award by the Foundation for the Americas, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Organization of American States (OAS). This prize is awarded to private organizations whose projects benefit the community, […]

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Argentina’s microcredit institutions will be risk rated

Microfinance institutions in Argentina, which grant credits to entrepreneurs and those excluded from traditional financial services, will have their own credit risk score developed by La Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero. These ratings, which measure the default risk of microfinance institutions, are expected to improve their access to financing both at national and international […]

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Financial Inclusion Week in WAEMU

The Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) organized, from November 26 to December 1, 2018, the 2018 edition (1st edition) of the Week of Financial Inclusion in WAEMU on the theme “Financial inclusion: lever of economic and social development”. More than 250 people took part in the event from finance ministries, banks, decentralized financial […]

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3rd Annual Global Microfinance Summit

Jan 24 – 25, 2019 Istanbul, Turkey The Global Microfinance Summit 2019, that is expecting some 200 renowned microfinance practitioners from around the world, will discuss major challenges that are facing the microfinance industry currently. The topics of the summit include the role of education as a strategy for social inclusion, Green Microfinance, and the impact microfinance […]

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Our Team, gets bigger!

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing the appointment of Micaela Pierolivo as Latin American representative and Technical Advisor for Regulatory Affairs, and Ruben Mangas as Analyst and Logistic Coordinator at Inclusion [Social Ratings]. Micaela and Ruben will report to the Director of Social Ratings and will be supporting operating, logistic and marketing […]

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Global report on financial inclusion, released

The 2018 edition of The Economist’s Global Microscope, a benchmarking index that assesses the enabling environment for financial inclusion in 55 countries, has been released. Among the major findings highlighted in this edition include findings that Colombia, Peru and Uruguay have the most conducive environments for financial inclusion, whereas gaps in connectivity infrastructure and digital identification […]

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