Partnering together Towards 100 Certifications in Financial Consumer Protection

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Published by Sharlene Brown and Amélie Desrosiers Since its inception in 2011, the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion (PRFI), formerly the Microfinance CEO Working Group, has been focused on accelerating responsible financial inclusion. In part, PRFI has done this by supporting Smart Campaign’s efforts to make certification a standard for the marketplace, since 2013 when […]

Investing in Responsible Financial Inclusion – A Profile of Smart Campaign Client Protection Certified Institutions

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This post accompanies the release of Investing in Responsible Financial Inclusion – A Profile of Smart Campaign Client Protection Certified Institutions, a case study from the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion as part of our project with the IFC to accelerate responsible microfinance. Just over seven years ago, the Smart Campaign announced their intention to launch […]

Microfinance Leaders Welcome Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance to Working Group

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The Microfinance CEO Working Group (MCWG) welcomes a new member to their international collaboration, Jesse Fripp, General Manager of the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM). AKAM reaches nearly one million low-income households and small business borrowers and savers across 10 countries in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, lending over $300 million per […]

Grameen Foundation and Freedom from Hunger Join Forces to unleash the Power of We

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The following announcement was originally published on the Grameen Foundation website. Grameen Foundation and Freedom from Hunger are founding members of the Microfinance CEO Working Group.  By Steve Hollingworth and Kathleen Stack Grameen Foundation and Freedom from Hunger are proud to announce that we have joined forces to form a single unified organization. Under the banner of Grameen […]

Visionfund International and Opportunity International Partner to Expand Financial Inclusion for Unbanked Citizens Of Democratic Republic Of Congo

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Microfinance CEO Working Group member organizations Opportunity International and VisionFund International are partnering to expand financial inclusion in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Opportunity International, a next generation microfinance organisation that invests philanthropic and social impact capital to spark and scale innovative solutions to global poverty, has entered into a share purchase agreement to sell […]

VisionFund, Opportunity International and BRAC join the Propagate Coalition

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Microfinance CEO Working Group members VisionFund International, Opportunity International and BRAC are among the representatives of Propagate: A Coalition of Smallholder Finance Practitioners, which announces its formation and formal launch of activities at the 18th Microcredit Summit this week in Abu Dhabi. Visit VisionFund International for more. For more information about the Propagate Coalition please visit: http://www.propagatecoalition.org Congratulations […]

DLA Piper Drafts Legal Framework to Support Financial Inclusion

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This post was originally published on the Center for Inclusion Inclusion Blog. By Ben Lebeaux and Jessica L. Cassel, Senior Communications Specialist and Staff Attorney, Accion One of the fastest, most efficient ways to promote financial inclusion is to make sure that regulators create policy that encourages innovation and collaboration. Because regulators can singlehandedly affect everything from microfinance […]