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03 March 2014
A seven-person team heads to Myanmar to understand the formal and informal ways in which the poor transact, save and invest.
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25 February 2014
The benefits of the Graduation Approach are clear. Optimism around this approach was reinforced in Paris last week when about 100 experts and policymakers discussed how to integrate it into other policies and programs.
29 August 2013
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A farmer stands next to a field holding an umbrella.
While interest rates from MFIs are higher than state banks in EAP, with hundreds of millions of poor people without formal access, there is room for MFIs to expand as their services are often superior to other alternatives.
08 May 2013
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Fishermen setting out amidst early morning dawn
Next week, at our Annual Meeting in Amsterdam, CGAP will finalize and formally adopt a new strategic direction for the next five years. To help us put together this strategy, we commissioned an independent evaluation of our previous years’ work.
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12 September 2012
This year’s Microfinance Banana Skins is aptly titled “Staying Relevant.” The fourth in the series, each year the Banana Skins report reflects not only the perceptions of industry actors but stands as a commentary on the evolution of the microfinance sector itself.
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05 September 2012
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Some MFIs do have informed and knowledgeable board members who lead the institution and take decisions and actions to define the organization’s mission, establish policies, and determine control mechanisms to allocate power, establish decision making processes and set up procedures for performing specific tasks.
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23 August 2012
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If a microfinance bank wishes to be successful then both the management team and the board must be picked with quality in mind.
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18 July 2012
Corporate governance is becoming a topic of high interest among microfinance professionals. Many consider the lack of good corporate governance as one of the main challenges facing the sector in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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10 July 2012
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Unless an MFI aligns its systems to its mission and its products and services to its strategic goals, it will not adequately meet client needs.
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26 March 2012
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Millions of Indians—day laborers, beggars, office workers, rich and poor—are lining up to give their fingerprints to register for a government-issued ID. For many, it’s the first time they will have a formal ID.
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