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Microfinance Foreign Exchange Facilities: Performance and Prospects

Foreign capital investment in microfinance has been booming over the past four years. It can bring important benefits to MFIs, but it also comes with foreign exchange risk.
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Measuring Financial Access around the World

This paper introduces a new set of financial access indicators for 139 countries across the globe and describes the results of a preliminary analysis of this data set. The new data set builds on previous work using a similar methodology.
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Apexes: An Important Source of Local Funding

Apexes are an important source of local funding for microfinance—and even more so since the global financial crisis.
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All Eyes on Asset Quality: Microfinance Global Valuation Survey 2010

The upheaval that hit mainstream financial markets and the reverberations that continue to be felt across the globe from the resulting economic crisis impacted MFIs and their clients.
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Regulation of Branchless Banking in Pakistan

This update of CGAP’s 2007 “Notes on Regulation of Branchless Banking in Pakistan" incorporates research conducted by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) in February 2010.
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Branchless Banking Diagnostic Template

The purpose of this template is to aid diagnostic teams in developing a robust understanding of the regulatory and practical environment related to branchless banking in any given jurisdiction.
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CGAP-MIX 2009 Eastern Europe and Central Asia Microfinance Analysis and Benchmarking Report

This report, jointly produced by MIX and CGAP, analyzes how MFIs in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region performed and coped with heightened risks in 2008.
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Financial Inclusion and Consumer Protection in Peru

CGAP partnered with the Superintendence of Banks, Insurance and AFPs of Peru in late 2008, with the purpose of enhancing the understanding of the issues and trends in consumer relations when financial services are delivered through branchless banking, particularly through agents, which are used in ever increasing scale in Peru.
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Growth and Vulnerabilities in Microfinance

This Focus Note distills lessons from four microfinance markets: Nicaragua, Morocco, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), and Pakistan. These countries have all experienced a microfinance repayment crisis after a period of high growth and are important microfinance markets in their respective regions.
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Consumer Protection Regulation in Low-Access Environments

This Focus Note seeks to answer this question, drawing on consumer protection diagnostics of various types carried out by CGAP in more than a dozen countries, widespread consultations with regulators, review of research and experience in developing and developed countries, and Financial Inclusion 2009 cross-country survey findings. It cites significant examples, as well as evidence of their effectiveness (where data are available).