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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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Social Performance & Impact Rating (SPIR) Announcement

Inclusion [Social Ratings] today released a newly assigned Social Performance & Impact Rating (SPIR) on Thrive Micro-Finance (Private) Ltd (THRIVE), a microfinance institutions (MFI) located in Harare, Zimbabwe. THRIVE’s Social Mission is “To provide training and credit to women excluded from the mainstream financial sector in a manner that is both socially responsible and financially sustainable.” It has […]

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The Smart Campaign Client Voice Project

The financial well-being of clients is the foundation of the Smart Campaign and its seven Client Protection Principles. Since 2009 it has certified over forty institutions and worked with leaders across the financial inclusion industry to amplify the importance placed on ‘doing no harm’. As an industry driven campaign, Smart Campaign has engaged extensively with microfinance institutions, […]

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Research Opportunity with ANDE

In August, we announced the release by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) of three Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshots on Lagos, Abuja, and Accra. (In case you missed it: Newsworthy August) ANDE has now announced an invitation for qualified consultants to develop a comprehensive diagnostic assessment of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kampala and one additional […]

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Learning from Customers: Human Center Design and Financial Inclusion

Human-centered design (HCD) is defined by IDEO.org as a process that starts with people you are designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor-made to suit their needs. For the last few years, HCD has been embraced by many industries as a creative approach to problem-solving. Even though, the adoption of this mindset […]

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Credit consolidation services: a potential risk for the client over-indebtedness

Within the financial sector, competition between the main players (MFIs-MFIs, Banks-MFIs, Banks-Banks) may sometimes lead to practices that can seriously harm clients in the long term. We have witnessed on our recent missions that financial institutions, in attempts to increase market share, promote services to attract customers away from the competition. One of these practices […]

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Co-funding opportunity available for Social Performance ratings and audits in Africa – The Responsible Microfinance Facility

If you are a Financial Service Provider (FSP) and your organization is interested in strengthening its social performance management practices, do not miss this co-funding opportunity under the Responsible Microfinance Facility (RMF). Funded by AFD and managed by the Social Performance Task Force, the RMF offers the following types of co-financing grants: Social Rating to […]

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Inclusion [Social Ratings] at the African Microfinance Week

Last week, Inclusion [SR] attended the African Microfinance Week in Addis Ababa. The event brought together hundreds of directors and managers of MFIs, associations, banks, consultants, researchers and NGOs, and offered a fantastic range of plenary and parallel sessions and trainings. We would like to thank and congratulate the organisers ADA, AFRACA, AMT, MAIN, AEMFI […]

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