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MFR rates JSC MFO Crystal, Georgia with A-

June 14, 2019

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

May 31, 2019

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

May 29, 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!

May 22, 2019

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

May 15, 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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MFR at IFC and SPTF Investor Forum

March 27, 2019

MFR at IFC and SPTF Investor Forum

Lucia Spaggiari, Business Development Director at MFR, will participate in the IFC and SPTF Investor Forum “Responsible Finance for Digital Inclusion: Investing for Impact”, during April 3-4 in Washington DC, USA. MFR will share through the Data Platform some emerging evidence of Affordable, Accessible and Appropriate financial inclusion comparing FSPs with purely digital models (low […]

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Draft Consumer Protection Standards for Digital Credit

February 12, 2019

Draft Consumer Protection Standards for Digital Credit

The Smart Campaign is releasing the Draft Consumer Protection Standards for Digital Credit for a six-week period of public comment. What are the Draft Consumer Protection Standards for Digital Credit? A revised set of Client Protection Standards that address the risks involved in digital credit. These draft standards consolidate what the Smart Campaign has learned […]

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MFR at AFIForum 2019

January 18, 2019

MFR at AFIForum 2019

MFR Executive Director Aldo Moauro will participate in the AFIForum 2019 during January 22-23 in Bangkok, Thailand. Aldo will be a speaker in the Networking Workshop: Responsible Exits. During this workshop will be explored how to structure investments with an exit strategy to ensure sustainability for stakeholders. Leading investors will discuss recent exits, success cases, and […]

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MFR, Smart Campaign and Fintech Protects pilot digital client protection assessments

October 5, 2018

MFR, Smart Campaign and Fintech Protects pilot digital client protection assessments

MFR, Smart Campaign and Fintech Protects are conducting field assessments of digital finance service providers that will allow the Smart Campaign to develop standards on what constitutes client protection good practice, and to fine-tune its methodology for certifying various digital finance models. Goal: To conduct field assessments of digital finance service providers that will allow […]

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SPTF, e-MFP propose the SME finance version of the Universal Standards

October 5, 2018

SPTF, e-MFP propose the SME finance version of the Universal Standards

The Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) and the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) have released a study on the Assessment of the Sustainable performance of SME finance institutions drafted by Lucia Spaggiari, SPTF/e-MFP Social Investors Action Group and MFR Business development director. The metrics adapt the Universal Standards of Social Performance management (integrated in SPI4 and […]

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Qredits Microfinanciering Nederland has formalised a new loan agreement of € 16,6 million with the Council of Europe Bank

August 13, 2018

Qredits Microfinanciering Nederland has formalised a new loan agreement of € 16,6 million with the Council of Europe Bank

Qredits Microfinanciering Nederland and The Council of Europe Bank (CEB) have signed a loan agreement of EUR 16,6 million. This enables Qredits to continue to grow her microfinance activities in The Netherlands and in the Dutch Caribbean. 1.000 extra microloans Qredits has provided Microfinance in the Netherlands since 2009. The portfolio has now grown to […]

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MFR at the Mobile 360 – Africa

July 10, 2018

MFR at the Mobile 360 – Africa

MFR Executive Director Aldo Moauro will participate in the Mobile 360 Series – Africa during July 17-19 in Kigali, Rwanda. Mobile 360 – Africa features three insightful days of keynote presentations, panel discussions, fireside talks, startup pitches, in-depth case studies, working groups and invaluable networking opportunities with the current and future leaders of Africa’s Digital Revolution. From start-ups […]

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MFR at the next SPTF Social Investor Working Group meeting

June 13, 2018

MFR at the next SPTF Social Investor Working Group meeting

The next SPTF Social Investor Working Group meeting will take place in Luxembourg on June 18-19 hosted by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE) and in partnership with the Inclusive Finance Network Luxembourg (InFiNe.lu). During the meeting, MFR Business Development Director, Lucia Spaggiari, will present a draft study, supported by SPTF and European […]

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Celebrating 100 Smart Campaign Certifications!

May 17, 2018

Celebrating 100 Smart Campaign Certifications!

The Smart Campaign announces that 100 financial service providers have attained Smart Campaign Certification. The #SmartCertified100 represents a landmark in the financial inclusion industry by elevating the client voice, convening partners to effect change at the national level, and supporting the implementation of consumer friendly financial regulation. MFR congratulates the Smart Campaign and all certified financial service providers […]

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MFR is the first company accredited to conduct GSMA Mobile Money Certification assessments

April 12, 2018

MFR is the first company accredited to conduct GSMA Mobile Money Certification assessments

MFR is proud to announce that it has been selected as the first company to conduct assessments under the GSMA Mobile Money Certification scheme. MFR has been chosen for its extensive knowledge of the financial inclusion industry, capacity to carry out independent and impartial evaluations, diverse and qualified team of assessors and proven track record of assessments […]

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UNRWA Microfinance Department has been awarded the Truelift Leader Milestone

February 28, 2018

UNRWA Microfinance Department has been awarded the Truelift Leader Milestone

MFR announces that UNRWA Microfinance Department – Palestine 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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Banco VisionFund Ecuador has been awarded the Truelift Leader Milestone

February 26, 2018

Banco VisionFund Ecuador has been awarded the Truelift Leader Milestone

MFR announces that Banco VisionFund Ecuador 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 protection and […]

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Se ha lanzado el Fondo para las Finanzas Responsables e Inclusivas en Centroamérica y el Caribe (FFRI-CAC)

February 23, 2018

Se ha lanzado el Fondo para las Finanzas Responsables e Inclusivas en Centroamérica y el Caribe (FFRI-CAC)

El Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) y la Red Centroamericana y del Caribe de Microfinanzas (REDCAMIF) han lanzado su iniciativa FFRI-CAC – “Fondo para las Finanzas Responsables e Inclusivas en Centroamérica y el Caribe”, que busca fortalecer las capacidades y prácticas de los proveedores de servicios financieros inclusivos en la región, mediante la ejecución de las siguientes actividades: Capacitación y […]

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Save the Date! MFR all’evento Prioritalia sul valore delle imprese sostenibili

October 9, 2017

Save the Date! MFR all’evento Prioritalia sul valore delle imprese sostenibili

Aldo Moauro, Executive Director di MFR, sarà tra gli speaker del convegno “Le strategie delle imprese sostenibili e l’incremento del loro valore finanziario“, che si terrà lunedì 16 ottobre a Roma presso la Sala del Tempio della Camera di Commercio. L’evento è organizzato da Prioritalia, Manageritalia e il Fondo Mario Negri, e sponsorizzato da MFR […]

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Measuring client outcomes: MFR on 2017 Microfinance Barometer

September 14, 2017

Measuring client outcomes: MFR on 2017 Microfinance Barometer

MFR is happy to announce the publication of the article “Measuring client outcomes: The frontier of social performance management” on the 2017 Microfinance Barometer. The piece, written by MFR Business Development Director and Coordinator of the e-MFP Investors Action Group Lucia Spaggiari, explains how financial inclusion and impact finance are learning from each other at the frontier of […]

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