Ousa Sananikone

Senior Financial Sector Specialist

Ousa Sananikone joined CGAP in 2000. She is responsible for a broad range of activities including external reporting, member services, and the preparation of key corporate outputs.

Before joining CGAP, Ousa worked in the Small and Medium Enterprise Unit of the Private Sector Department of the World Bank, where she provided research and technical support to the regions on SME and microfinance projects.

Ousa holds a Master’s degree in international affairs from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. She is fluent in Lao, Thai, and French.

By Ousa Sananikone


Mainstreaming Financial Inclusion through Demonstration Projects

The Office for Gender Equality and Poverty Reduction Unit at JICA has found there is a gap between understanding the importance of financial inclusion in principle and knowing how to integrate it in one’s sector. To solve this, they are embedding financial inclusion within the agency through hybrid demonstration projects.

Microfinance Investment Vehicles

This Brief explores implications of the rapid growth of MIVs for the microfinance industry.

Microfinance and the Millennium Development Goals

The eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, education, women's empowerment, and the other Millennium Development Goals are rightly the focus of donors and governments. This brief gives the evidence for how microfinance can play an important part in achieving these goals.