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MFR launches its own Client Protection Certification

MFR launches its own Client Protection Certification

For the last 6 years, MFR has been the leading certifier for Smart Campaign Client Protection with more than 100 certifications performed in all regions, corresponding to more than 70% market share. Since 2011, MFR has always been closely involved in implementing and testing version 1.0 and 2.0 of the standards. For these reasons, and as part of […]

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The updated European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision has been published

The updated European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Provision has been published

European Commission is pleased to share with the public the revised European Code of Good Conduct. MFR, being the sole evaluator for obtaining the code certification, remains at the microcredit providers’ disposal for any further information. Click here to know more about the Code.

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ATLAS hosts CGAP’s Global Microfinance Survey to Inform COVID-19 Response

ATLAS hosts CGAP’s Global Microfinance Survey to Inform COVID-19 Response

ATLAS, the leading platform for data on inclusive finance sector launched by MFR, hosts CGAP’s Global Pulse Survey of Microfinance Institutions. The data will help MFIs and the institutions that support them to make informed decisions as they deal with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The formal microfinance sector provides at least 140 million low-income people worldwide with […]

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Client Protection under Covid-19: Practical Guidelines for Financial Service Providers

Client Protection under Covid-19: Practical Guidelines for Financial Service Providers

Ayako Iba, Regional Manager for Europe, proposes guidelines for financial service providers (FSPs) that are keen to maintain alignment to best practices of client protection, while tackling the repercussions of Covid-19. With direct reference to Smart Campaign’s Client Protection Certification and the European Code of Good Conduct, this article presents practical tips for FSPs that are […]

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Our ongoing commitment during COVID-19

Our ongoing commitment during COVID-19

Dear clients, partners, colleagues and friends COVID-19 continues to affect every corner of the globe and we hope everyone in our community is staying safe and putting their health and well-being first. This pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges for all of us, around the world. As the concept of ‘business as usual’ disappears in the […]

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MFR at the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo

MFR at the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo

Ben Wallingford, Regional Manager for Anglophone Africa, will participate in the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo 2020 during February 18-20 in Nairobi, Kenya. Ben will be a speaker in the session Innovation is outpacing regulation: how does regulation catch-up? Learnings from adjacent sectors. More and more customers value the services offered by PAYGo companies. […]

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MFR at AFIFORUM 2020

MFR at AFIFORUM 2020

Aldo Moauro, Managing Director, and Elisabetta Bertotti,  Regional Manager for South and South East Asia, will participate in the AFIFORUM 2020 during January 22-23 in Bangkok, Thailand. Aldo will be a speaker in the workshop Setting ESG standards for financial institutions. During the workshop will be explored how financial institutions are measuring their ESG impact, […]

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Fundación Génesis Empresarial has been awarded the Truelift Leader Milestone

Fundación Génesis Empresarial has been awarded the Truelift Leader Milestone

MFR announces that Fundación Génesis Empresarial – Guatemala is now recognized by Truelift as the Leader Milestone. The Leader milestone is the most significant and prestigious of the Truelift milestones, given only to those institutions that are excellent in all three of the Pro-Poor Principles. Truelift Leaders are financially sustainable, demonstrate a responsible financial performance, are Smart Campaign certified in client […]

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MFR at the MENAFIF – Update!

MFR at the MENAFIF – Update!

MFR Executive Director Aldo Moauro partecipated in the inaugural edition of the MENA Financial Institutions Forum (MENAFIF), Septermber 24 and 25 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. MENAFIF follows the successful launch of AFIFORUM, which brought together over 570 participants representing 46 different nationalities. New partnerships emerged and existing ones were strengthened as the leading investors […]

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MFR at the AMFA Investor’s Fair

MFR at the AMFA Investor’s Fair

MFR Regional Manager for Central Asia, Russia and the Caucasus Farida Abdulhafizova will participate in the 6th AMFA Investor’s Fair, the 4th of October in Baku, Azerbaijan. Farida will participate in the panel discussion on “Risk Management Perspectives in the Digital Era“. Digitalization has already transformed industries such as media, transportation, and retail and is […]

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MFR at the Central Asian and Caucasus Microfinance forum

MFR at the Central Asian and Caucasus Microfinance forum

MFR Regional Manager for Central Asia, Russia and the Caucasus Farida Abdulhafizova will participate in the 9th Annual Central Asian and Caucasus Microfinance forum, during October 3 – 4 in Tbilisi, Georgia. On October 3, Farida will be the panelist in the session “Microfinance impact on sustainable development of entrepreneurship:” • Current state of ethics […]

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MFR at Boulder MFT in English

MFR at Boulder MFT in English

MFR Executive Director Aldo Moauro will participate in the 25th Anniversary of the  Boulder MFT in English, from July 22 to August 2, 2019 in Turin, Italy. During the first week, Aldo will teach “Financial and Social Performance of Microfinance Institutions.” This course aims to illustrate in detail the methodologies and processes used by MFR when assessing Microfinance […]

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Opportunity Bank Serbia Receives Strong Financial Rating

Opportunity Bank Serbia Receives Strong Financial Rating

CHICAGO – July 11, 2019 – Opportunity International proudly congratulates Opportunity Bank Serbia (OBS) on receiving a grade A, with Stable Outlook rating from the MFR agency (formerly MicroFinanza Rating), a global rating agency specialized in inclusive finance. A June 2019 report from MFR considered key categories, including external context, governance and strategy, financial profile, loan […]

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MFR au Boulder MFT en français

MFR au Boulder MFT en français

Le Responsable des Opérations en Amérique latine, Evrim Kirimkan, participera au 15ème anniversaire du Programme annuel de formation en microfinance Boulder MFT en français, du 8 au 19 juillet à Marseille, en France. Au cours de la première semaine, Evrim enseignera “Évaluation intégrale de la performance: financière et sociale“. Le cours se concentre sur l’évaluation […]

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Digital Transformation of Microfinance Institutions – New Boulder Program

Digital Transformation of Microfinance Institutions – New Boulder Program

The program, to be held in Turin – Italy from July 22 to August 2, is designed for microfinance managers and other financial inclusion professionals who are seeking effective strategies to digitize their institution or institutions they support. Potential risks, challenges, and opportunities that these new technologies present will be analyzed. The two-week Digital Transformation […]

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MFR rates JSC MFO Crystal, Georgia with A-

MFR rates JSC MFO Crystal, Georgia with A-

Milan, May 15th , 2019: After a thorough review of Crystal’s documents as well as after a week-long visit to Crystal’s Headquarters and Branches in Georgia, Global Rating Agency MFR and its Social Rating Committee – based on the Social Rating scale adopted by MFR – has assigned to the Financial Inclusion Organization Crystal the […]

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Investor webinar: Update on Data Platform

Investor webinar: Update on Data Platform

On June 13 Lucia Spaggiari, Business Development Director, will hold a webinar, designed for investors, on Data Platform. The platform allows users to analyze market trends, benchmark investees with peers, monitor investees over time, and consolidate portfolio-level data. The webinar will be hosted by Social Performance Task Force (SPTF). Email l.spaggiari@mf-rating.com with any questions.

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MFR at European Research Conference on Microfinance 2019

MFR at European Research Conference on Microfinance 2019

Lucia Spaggiari, MFR Business Development Director, will participate in the 6th edition of the European Research Conference on Microfinance during June 3 – 5 in Paris, France. She will share information on the Data Platform with the financial inclusion researchers attending the conference. Data Platform is a new initiative centralizing data on pricing, client protection, […]

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MFR at Boulder MFT en Español – Update!

MFR at Boulder MFT en Español – Update!

MFR Executive Director Aldo Moauro and MFR Head of Operations for Latin America Evrim Kirimkan participated in the XIII Edición del Programa de Capacitación para las Microfinanzas “Boulder MFT en Español”, during March 18 – 29 in Mérida, Mexico. During the first week, Evrim taught “Evaluación Integral del Desempeño: Financiero y Social“. The course focuses […]

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MFR at Sustainable Finance Forum 2019

MFR at Sustainable Finance Forum 2019

MFR Regional Manager for Central Asia, Russia and the Caucasus Farida Abdulhafizova will participate in the Sustainable Finance Forum – Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, during May 22 – 23 in Yerevan, Armenia. On May 22, Farida will be a speaker in the session “Sustainable Finance Landscape in the region:” • What are the […]

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