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Sri Lanka government announces debt relief in drought-hit areas and rate cap for microloans

Mangala Samaraweera, the Finance and Mass Media Minister of Sri Lanka, announced that nearly 75,000 women who took non-consumption microloans in areas affected by droughts will be eligible for debt relief. In addition, Samaraweera said that measures will be taken to cap interest rates from 40%-220% currently, to a threshold of 30%. Sources: Mangala Samaraweera […]

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Achieving financial inclusion: the importance of using bank accounts and innovation

For nearly a decade, the international community and the governments are making joint efforts to develop financial inclusion. The challenge is to set up an accessible financial system while encouraging stability as well as fairness, in order to achieve financial universal access by 2020. The goal is to successfully increase to one billion world-wide, the […]

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Events

Conference “Finance for Refugees; making it work” Sep 7, The Hague, Netherlands Organized by the Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM), a Dutch platform that brings together development organizations, social investors and banks, operating in the inclusive finance sector. Among the objectives of the conference is to discuss the offer of financial services to refugees, demonstrate […]

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Courses

Course on financial education strategy Oct 1-5, International Training Centre (ITC), Turin, Italy The International Training Centre (ITC) of the International Labour Organization, the specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to improving labour conditions, is inviting to its Financial Education Program Design and Implementation. The growing complexity of financial sectors and implications on financial […]

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Responsible Inclusive Finance and Development

In May, Gilles Da Costa, Regional Manager at Inclusion [Africa], was invited by SIKKA TV, a West African television channel broadcasting 24 hour news and information around the world via satellite. Gilles was interviewed and spoke on the subject of Responsible Inclusive Finance. To watch the interview in French click on the following link:kLa Finance Inclusive et […]

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Training and transfer of competence to UCEC-MK staff, PALA-CHAD

Between June and July 2018, UCEC-MK in Chad received training in capacity building to introduce the MFI’s own code of conduct, confidentiality policy and risk mapping (included social risk). This technical assistance, supported by the SPTF and the AFD, was been conducted by Gilles Da Costa, Regional Head for Inclusion [Africa]. Gilles utilised tools from […]

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MFIN Connect – India’s first digital financial literacy tool

The Micro Finance Institutions Network (MFIN), an Indian association that comprises 48 of the leading Non Banking Financial Company – Microfinance Institutions (NBFC-MFI), has developed a mobile financial literacy app called “MFIN Connect”. The multilingual app provides education, in their local language, on the use of digital identities, microfinance, and responsible use of credit. For […]

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IFC invests USD 100mn in Indian leading rural NBFI

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector lending arm of the World Bank Group, announced a INR 6.4bn (USD 100mn) investment in Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Ltd, the largest rural finance company and tractor financier in India. More information can be found here

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming course from University of Oxford on Social Entrepreneurship Sep 12 – Nov 23, Online The University of Oxford, one of the oldest universities in the World, is offering through its Department for Continuing Education, an online course on Social Entrepreneurship to be held between September 12 and November 23, 2018. The course, among other objectives, expects to expose students to the […]

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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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