What can we learn from past crises?
While the public health and economic dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic are becoming unlike anything we have confronted, earlier crises offer valuable lessons on how health and economic shocks can disrupt the delivery of financial services for the poor and how governments, funders, and financial institutions can respond to these challenges. In an effort to make such lessons more widely accessible, below is a listing of past CGAP research.
The role of microfinance institutions
BLOG SERIES 2015-2016
This blog series looks at how donors and investors in the Arab World have approached crisis situations, including how they have worked with microfinance institutions to help restore livelihoods.
PUBLICATION AUGUST 2013
This paper outlines lessons from the rise, fall, and recovery of Morocco’s microfinance sector that may be useful when adapted in other countries. Though the government failed to prevent the crisis, its efforts proved catalytic in the recovery.
PUBLICATION MAY 2009
In March 2009, CGAP and MIX surveyed over 400 microfinance institutions about the impact of the 2008 financial crisis. While respondents felt liquidity and credit risk management challenges, interest rates held steady and they remained optimistic.
PUBLICATION FEBRUARY 2009
During the 2008 financial crisis, MFIs clients experienced lower incomes and remittance flows. Yet deposit-taking MFIs were better positioned to keep serving clients than those reliant on international funders amid global liquidity contraction.
This collection of resources highlights the role of financialservices in humanitarian crises and what have we learned from the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon and Jordan.
Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan receive more than one quarter of their humanitarian assistance in the form of cash and vouchers. Leveraging this aid delivery to connect refugees to the formal financial system requires the host country to have widespread digital financial ecosystem in place and coordination among governments, aid agencies, and financial service providers.
BLOG 10 FEBRUARY 2020
Even before COVID-19, health shocks were among the most damaging challenges for low-income households in Lebanon. This blog discusses informal coping mechanisms and calls for urgent government and funder support for savings and insurance solutions.
PUBLICATION APRIL 2017
This publication offers a framework for how financial services support sustainable livelihoods during periods of humanitarian crisis, finding that solutions for digital cash transfers and remittances, savings and insurance are especially important.
BLOG SERIES 2017
Building on the CGAP, SPF and World Bank Group’s “The Role of Financial Services in Humanitarian Crises” paper, this blog series examines the role financial services play in helping low-income households overcome adversity in times of crisis.