Donors and Investors

The set of topics within this section addresses issues relating to the supply of financial services for low income and poor clients.

Today a broad range of cross-border and local funders invest commercially or contribute philanthropic or public funds to financial inclusion. Several topics here address the landscape of grant funding and commercial investment; how to invest effectively; and commercial microfinance valuations.

The balance between commercial imperatives and social objectives goes to the core purpose and origins of microfinance and financial inclusion. This section also offers commentary and further resources on issues of concern to providers of financial services for low income and poor clients including social performance; MFI governance; and the emerging topic of responsible finance.


10 February 2014
This Forum explores the contribution of greenfield MFIs to access to finance in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).The greenfield model has come a long way in a short time in SSA from seven greenfield MFIs in 2006 to 31 by 2012.
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05 November 2013
The SmartAid Index measures and rates the way funders with an interest in financial inclusion work. In 2013, IFAD received 61 out of 100 points, meaning that overall it has “good” systems in place to support microfinance.
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From Our Blog

04 April 2014
In the second in our series on failure, we learn some key lessons from the Grameen Foundation's AppLab Money.
11 December 2013
Upon realizing that rural community water projects were often unsustainable due to poor accounting systems, Grundfos conceptualized a pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) model that improves community water management by increasing transparency and reducing the reliance on cash.