Sustaining Microfinance in Post-Tsunami Asia

01 February 2005

This Brief presents guidelines intended to help MFIs provide the appropriate range of emergency and longer term assistance to their clients, while helping both MFIs and donors ensure the ultimate mission of the MFI--to be a sustainable provider of financial services--is not compromised.

As the communities affected by the recent devastating tsunami begin to rebuild their lives, microfinance institutions (MFIs) can play a powerful part in the path to recovery. The following guidelines are intended to help MFIs provide the appropriate range of emergency and longer-term assistance to their clients, while helping both MFIs and donors ensure that the ultimate mission of the MFI--to be a sustainable provider of financial services--is not compromised.