Research & Analysis

How CGAP Member Donors Fund Microfinance Institutions

This Focus Note emanated from CGAP’s Secretariat fielding the same questions from numerous microfinance practitioners worldwide: “How do the Member Donors of CGAP fund microfinance institutions? What are the structures, funding instruments, procedures and points of entry within each agency?” In an effort to elucidate, the Secretariat interviewed and surveyed CGAP’s Member Donors via a mini questionnaire, the results of which are published here as a matrix. The questions asked of each Member Donor were:

  • Where in the agency structure does microfinance fit?
  • What countries or geographic regions are priorities for the agency?
  • What instruments are provided (grants, loans, equity, etc.) to MFIs?
  • What are the procedures for accessing support from the agency?