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How the implementation of a SPM strategy improves operational practices?

After years of growth and experimentation, the financial sector has realized that in order to achieve financial inclusion and improve the living conditions of their clients, financial providers should adopt a client-centered approach. For many years it has focused on financial viability, but good financial performance does not necessarily guarantee customer satisfaction. Responsible financial activity […]

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Photobook – Microfinance in Gambia

In July 2017, the newspaper El País published an interesting photobook about women entrepreneurs in Gambia thanks to the access of microcredit. We hope you enjoy it! https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/07/17/fotorrelato/1500300647_964062.html?id_externo_rsoc=TW_CC

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Microfinance in Africa and transition towards a sustainable economy: What are the advances?

Many agree that financial institutions have a very important role to play in the transition to a sustainable economy. According to the opinion of experts, the financial sector can and should play an important role in respecting labor, health and safety rights, intellectual property rights of communities, anti-money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The […]

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Entrepreneurial ecosystem snapshots – Lagos, Abuja and Accra, by ANDE

Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) has just released entrepreneurial ecosystem snapshots of Lagos and Abuja (Nigeria), and Accra (Ghana). These three snapshots identify key actors and provide insights about existing gaps and opportunities within each ecosystem. These reports are an invaluable resource for both small business entrepreneurs and organizations that seek to support them. […]

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I[SR]’s New Team Member

We welcome Daniel Dassou, our new Junior Analyst, who joined our Inclusion [Africa] team in Benin at the beginning of this month. Daniel holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from the Faculty of Economics and Management (FASEG) of the University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC). Prior to Inclusion [Africa] Daniel worked as an Internal Auditor at […]

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Social Investment Landscape in Asia. Insights from North and South Asia by AVPN.

If interested in Social Investment in Asia, Inclusion [Social Ratings] recommends reading the recently published report by the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network “Social Investment Landscape in Asia”. The report provides a holistic view of the current and emerging philanthropy and social investment landscape in Asia, and features in-depth profiles of the following fourteen economies: North […]

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MFI’s Innovation Fair

Innovation Fair Addis Ababa, Ethiopia October 12, 2017 If you are attending the next African Microfinance Week that will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the 9 to 13 of October, do not miss the opportunity to participate in the Innovation Fair. The event will take place on October 12 and aims to present innovative […]

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Interested in Savings Groups?

Care, The MasterCard Foundation and SEEP Network have just launched “Delivering Formal Financial Services to Savings Groups: A Handbook for Financial Service Providers”. This handbook will serve as a guide for financial service providers and their partners to design solutions that can effectively meet these Groups demands. http://www.seepnetwork.org/filebin/savings_led_working_group/SEEP_Delivering-Formal-Financial-Services-to-SGs_A-Handbook-for-FSPs.FINAL.20170407.pdf

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I[SR]’s New Team Member

Santiago Arnaudin has joined Inclusion [Social Ratings] as Chief Technical Advisor and will be providing technical support to our activities in the Latin America region. We look forward to extending our collaboration with him to other global markets. Santiago has over eight years experience working in multicultural environments in a diverse range of projects within the financial […]

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Inclusion [Social Ratings] visits key innovation players in the social sector ecosystem in Malaysia

The Inclusion [Social Ratings] team visited Malaysia in June to meet with two of the key players that are steadily shaping the new social economy ecosystem in the country and the region: the Agensi Inovasi Malaysia and the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC). Agensi Inovasi Malaysia: promoting social finance Malaysia is progressively shaping […]

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Why introduce a Whistleblower Policy within a Financial Institution

A whistleblower policy is generally designed to make it easier for agents of an organization to report irregularities in good faith without fearing that their actions will have adverse consequences for them, as well as their families. The whistleblower policy is a key element in safeguarding the integrity of any financial institution. It aims to […]

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Country Series – Nicaragua

Inclusion [Social Ratings] is pleased to share with our clients and partners the first of our Country Series Reports. The series will provide overviews of the microfinance sector by selected countries. Our first research, Country Series – Nicaragua, is focused on Nicaragua and in the document you can find a insightful portfolio analysis of some of the most […]

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Impact Investors – new sources of financing the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which came into effect in January 2016, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. In terms of costs for SDG implementation, the UN has estimated that the required investment to achieve these goals, in developing countries […]

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Visa opens new regional headquarter in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Visa, the world leader in payments technology, just opened its regional headquarters in Abidjan strengthening its presence in West and Central Africa. In a statement by the firm, this move is seen as an, “investment aimed to strengthen its presence in the region, targeting mobile payment and e-commerce, with the region’s local governments, financial institutions […]

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How does COMUBA, a microfinance institution in Benin, benefit from its commitment to Social Performance Management?

Over the past 5 years COMUBA has re-evaluated its Social Performance Management Strategy to improve its positioning. This has helped to attract several new international investors. COMUBA in 2012, with the technical support of MISION Africa, a project that promotes Social Performance Management in Africa, introduced improvements to its approach to Social Performance Management (SPM). […]

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The Social Governance Charter: A tool to showcase the commitment of the Board of Directors in the management of Social Performance (SPM)

The Universal Standards of Social Performance Management have 6 key dimensions. Dimension 2 of these standards focuses on the commitment of the Board of Directors on the management of the organization’s social performance. In practice, no formal document is usually in place that demonstrates their commitment to Social Performance Management. For this reason Inclusion [Africa] […]

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The 7th Africa Insurance and Reinsurance Conference (AIRC)

Africa continues to offer significant potential for future investment. Sustainable economic expansion and demographic transformation are making the insurance market more attractive, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. As the industry rides the wave of growth in this second fastest growing region in the World, the scale of opportunity is compelling. Low market penetration is giving way […]

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Lack of access to finance has been identified as a major constraint to an inclusive growth process

On 24 March 2017, at the Casa America in Madrid, the United Nations Development Programme launched its Annual Human Development Report, “Human Development for Everyone,” which analyses how human development can be ensured for everyone – now and in the future. The event was hosted by Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary General of the Ibero-American Secretariat General […]

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Inclusion [Africa] introduces a Financial Responsibility Standard for banks in the DR Congo

In 2016, in partnership with DMD Sarl, Inclusion [Africa] carried out the audit of the Responsible Finance of two commercial banks in the DR Congo, namely RawBank SA (www.rawbank.cd) and Bank Of Africa SA (www.boa-rdc.com/fr). Sponsored by the Promotion Fund for Financial Inclusion (FPM), the mission consisted initially of the development of a methodology for […]

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Credit data-sharing agreement signed in Benin

This last March, a data sharing agreement was signed between Creditinfo Volo, a credit bureau (BIC) operating within the West Africa Monetary Union (WAMU), and 26 Benin institutions, including 15 banks and 11 large microfinance institutions. Benin is the final country from the 8 members of the WAMU to introduce credit information sharing and the […]

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