Presenting the Gateway's top picks for the year. What were your favorites?
Every year the Microfinance Gateway shares hundreds of new publications, announcements, trainings and events, and job listings. This year was no different - with 146 new publications produced in 2016, 30 feature articles on current topics in financial inclusion, 324 community announcements, and hundreds of events and job listings.
Here we have compiled some of the most highly recommended publications that have been added to the library this year. Take a moment to get caught up on the major topics in financial inclusion and research produced during 2016. Want to see the work of your organization here? Create a free account and contribute content to the Gateway library. Click here to get started!
The 10th edition of the European Dialogue presents guidelines for integrating outcomes measurement into the operations of inclusive finance investors. The guidelines incorporate case studies from eight social investors, including two e-MFP members Oikocredit and Triple Jump. Topics: Investment and Funding Landscape, Social Performance Management
This document explores the following three innovative approaches used by Vitas Group and Global Communities to successfully grow the financial inclusion sector in the Middle East over the last 20 years, despite the region’s persistent political and economic instability:
The development of community- and people-focused disaster management planning in Iraq;
A relentless focus on customer relationships to support business continuity in Palestine;
The use of long-term funding with political risk insurance to address capital constraints during times of instability in Lebanon.
This paper discusses the latest evidence on what works in financial inclusion. It further summarizes research on key financial market failures and on products and innovations that address specific mechanisms underlying them. Topics:Impact, Mobile Banking
Using data reported by 780 financial service providers during the 2014-2015 period, MIX conducted a regression analysis that explores the synergies and trade-offs between social, operational and financial performance. Statistically significant findings emerged mainly in five areas, namely - governance, women as a target market, poverty segmentation by target market, social responsibility towards staff, and borrower retention. Topics:Social Performance Management
These tool guides were developed by Accion to explain key operational and credit risk management tools to mid-to-senior level managers of FSPs who are not directly in charge of risk management but who are responsible to manage the risks within their respective departments and units. The tool guides use clear and practical language to explain what each tool is, why it’s important, and the potential impact on bottom line results. Topic: Risk Management
This working paper shows where and how financial services can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by reviewing the research on the link between financial inclusion and development. It argues that, by moving away from cash and using digital payments to distribute social benefits and wages, governments can reduce costs and leakage, while at the same time advancing financial inclusion. Topics:Financial Inclusion, Policy
This study (and its related case studies on Tanzania and Nigeria) looks at the efforts of policymakers and central bankers in different countries who are fine-tuning an enabling environment for the financial inclusion of women. Evidence has shown that policy measures to increase financial inclusion need to be country-specific, based on each country’s gender gap and unique challenges and opportunities. The policies featured in this paper are examples of promising policy solutions to advancing financial inclusion for women. Topics: Gender and Empowerment, Policy
This synthesis report (and its related four individual country reports - Benin, Pakistan, Peru, Georgia) presents the voices of low-income individuals who shared their opinions, hopes, and struggles, as part of the Smart Campaign's Client Voices Project. This project aimed to test the assumptions behind the client protection principles, asking clients which aspects of their relationship with MFIs were most worrisome. Topic: Consumer Protection
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In our year-end feature articles, the Microfinance Gateway looks back at 2016 to highlight the most popular or recommended publications for the year.