Mark Flaming

Mark is a development finance specialist with over 25 years of international experience in developing financial institutions, regulatory frameworks and funding market instruments. He is a consultant with IFC and president of Frontier Ventures, providing advisory services to financial service providers, regulatory authorities, socially responsible investors and development agencies working in developing economies. He holds a Master’s degree in International Development from Harvard University.

By Mark Flaming

Research

Greenfield MFIs in Sub-Saharan Africa

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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Why do Partnerships in Mobile Financial Services Struggle?

Mobile financial services implementations are structurally complex, and success can depend on building commercial partnerships between financial institutions, mobile network operators, agent network managers and service providers. However, these partnerships are complicated and can be difficult to forge.
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Can Branchless Banking Be Profitable?

The Agent Network Management toolkit comes with a financial model to help providers project the revenues generated in a branchless banking implementation for each member of the supply chain.
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Agent Management Toolkit

This guide presents practical advice to providers on how to build a viable network of agents, which is a critical component of a branchless banking service.
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Due Diligence Guidelines for the Review of Microcredit Loan Portfolios

These guidelines help analysts evaluate the accuracy of accounting and performance reports about an MFI's portfolio, and the MFI’s compliance with its own portfolio management policies.