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New Director, Head of Social Ratings, appointed

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing the appointment of Santiago Arnaudin as Director, Head of Social Ratings, for Inclusion [Social Ratings] effective 1st of July. Santiago will move from his current role as technical advisor for the Americas based in Costa Rica, to Inclusion’s main office in Barcelona, bringing with him a […]

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Co-funding opportunity available for Social Performance ratings and audits in Southeast Asia

If you are a Financial Service Provider (FSP) and your organization is interested in strengthening its social performance management practices, do not miss the Responsible Inclusive Finance Facility for Southeast Asia (RIFF-SEA) co-funding opportunity. Funded by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in Luxembourg, and managed by the Social Performance Task Force, the RIFF-SEA offers the following types […]

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The Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability

FHI 360 and The Rockefeller Foundation have just published a pioneering Atlas that presents 63 novel and compelling innovations that promote economic stability for individuals, communities, firms, and countries, with an emphasis on the welfare of poor and vulnerable people worldwide. The Atlas curates the most exciting innovations already being implemented across the world, and […]

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Evaluation in the Field of Cooperation and Education for Development Workshop

On April 26 and 27, 2018, the Iberian Organization of Professional Evaluators (Aproeval) and Oxfam Intermon organized the workshop “Evaluation in the Field of Cooperation and Education for Development”. The objective of the workshop was to analyze current challenges, opportunities, and trends in the evaluation of development cooperation and social transformation. Inclusion [Social Ratings] participated in the […]

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Why the World Bank states that financial inclusion is important for development?

Increased research reveals the many potential benefits of financial inclusion for development, particularly the use of digital financial services, mobile money services, payment cards and other financial applications (or fintech). Although the data is somewhat mixed, even studies that do not indicate positive results show that there are opportunities to improve results by placing particular […]

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Various Spanish Social Impact players launch the “Foro Impacto” in Madrid

The Foro Impacto was introduced to the social impact sector in Madrid in early May. The objective of the Foro is to welcome Spain’s representation into the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group (GSG), an international organization that promotes “social impact” investment. The Forum has been developed by UnLtd Spain, Open Value Foundation and Eurocapital […]

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Inclusion [Social Ratings] is proud to announce its accreditation as Certification Body by the Smart Campaign

This four-year accreditation is a formal recognition of our competence, performance capability and commitment in the promotion of client protection practices in the microfinance industry and we are very happy to provide this new service to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) interested in endorsing the Client Protection Principles through an Assessment or Certification. The Smart Campaign Client […]

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New workspace in Barcelona

          The headquarters of Inclusion [Social Ratings] in Barcelona have just moved to a new workspace. Since April we are part of the  Cloud Coworking, a workspace that brings together more than 300 entrepreneurs. The location of the space is very inspiring and we are looking forward to welcoming our partners […]

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Life stories

Here you can read in Spanish a new published story about the impact that financial inclusion and access to micro-credits have on people. In this article, El País Newspaper tells the story of Jessica Hernández, a 28 year old Colombian woman, who discovered microcredits during an entrepreneurship workshop. The access to a small amount of […]

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Meeting our colleagues from Lendwithcare and its MFI partners

Lendwithcare (LwC), Care International UK‘s microfinance lending platform initiative for entrepreneurs, and Inclusion [Social Ratings] began their collaboration in 2017 to promote the strengthening of Social Performance Management practices of LwC‘s MFI partners. This collaboration has led to the development of a social performance program, which includes the execution of a Social Performance and Impact […]

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How do technologies promote the development of financial inclusion within an MFI?

Financial Inclusion refers to the process by which customers, groups and businesses can access the basic financial services (cash deposits and withdrawals, money transfers, tontines, credits including disbursements and repayments, insurance, …) provided by the formal financial sector. To enable access and use of these basic financial services, it must be affordable for all, and […]

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The ADAPAMI project plans to support Benin MFIs for smart certification

The “Support Project for the Development and Professionalization of the Microfinance Sector in Benin” (ADAPAMI), funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and implemented by DID, aims to contribute to the improvement of the economic situation of Beninese less-favored populations, including women, through capacity building of key players in the microfinance sector. More specifically, the project […]

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State of measurement in the SGB Sector

In December 2017, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) launched the report “State of Measurement in the small and growing business (SGB)” to understand the measurement practices of the SGB sector. ANDE surveyed 30 members (out of which 47% of the respondents were Investors and 53% were Capacity Development Providers), and whilst, the network […]

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Microfinance Barometer 2017: global trends of the sector

In September 2017, the World Forum Convergences, published the Microfinance Barometer 2017, which showcased global trends in the sector. Some of the key figures highlighted by the Barometer are: Microfinance: a dynamic and fast-changing sector There were 123 million customers at microfinance institutions worldwide in 2016, for a loan portfolio of $102 billion. India was the […]

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The power of Microfinance

In December 2017, the newspaper El País published an interesting story about the power of microfinance in the Latin American Region. The report tells the story of six rural families, excluded from the financial system and in a vulnerable situation, to whom a small loan has opened a gigantic door. Do not miss the stories […]

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MFIs and Associations in Africa and the Middle East, please remember that the new call to apply to the Responsible Microfinance Facility is now open

Co-funding opportunity for Social Performance ratings, audits and trainings in Africa and the Middle East is available under the RMF. The next application deadline is 21 March 2018. Please contact us if you are interested in having us accompany you on your social rating and audit journey: Ana de Miguel (ademiguel@inclusionsocialratings.org) or Gilles Da Costa (gdacosta@inclusionafrica.org)

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The Responsible Inclusive Finance Facility in Central America and Caribbean (RIFF-CAC) has been launched

Good news for MFIs in the Central America and Caribbean Region. The SPTF and the Red Centroamericana y del Caribe de Microfinanzas (REDCAMIF) have announced an alliance for the implementation of the Responsible Inclusive Finance Facility for Central America and the Caribbean (RIFF-CAC or FFRI-CAC in Spanish). This Initiative has the objective to strengthen capacity […]

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Finance inclusive

Finance inclusive : Inclusion [Africa] en partenariat avec l’Association Professionnelle des Systèmes Financiers Décentralisés du Bénin, informe les SFD du Bénin sur les diverses opportunités en matière de GPS et PPC dans le cadre de la Facilité pour la Microfinance Responsable (FMR) Réunis en atelier le 05 décembre 2017 au siège de l’Association Professionnelle à […]

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Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

Before we move into a new year full of new opportunity and more impact, we would like to first of all say goodbye to 2017 and remember our achievements over the last 12 months. Inclusion [Social Ratings] started the year with a staff retreat in Barcelona. The Director of Inclusion [Africa] joined the Barcelona Team […]

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