Smart Campaign: Microfinance clients speak out about how they’re treated

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Note from the Microfinance CEO Working Group:  We are pleased to share this press release from the Smart Campaign announcing a fascinating new research report entitled ‘My Turn to Speak,’ which provides first-person accounts across four countries about how clients are treated by their financial institutions. These insights are invaluable for better understanding the challenges facing vulnerable […]

The Microfinance CEO Working Group Welcomes a New Executive Director

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This post was originally published on the Center for Inclusion Blog. By Jeffrey Riecke, Senior Associate, Center for Financial Inclusion The CFI is excited to welcome Sharlene Brown, who joins us as the Executive Director of the Microfinance CEO Working Group, where she will oversee the MCWG’s ongoing efforts to support the development of its member organizations […]

Press Release: Microfinance Leaders Welcome Sharlene Brown to Helm Working Group

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WASHINGTON – The Microfinance CEO Working Group, a collaborative effort by ten leading international organizations that promote financial inclusion around the world, welcomes Sharlene Brown as Executive Director. The Working Group’s Co-Chairs Lauren Hendricks, Executive Director of CARE’s Access Africa program, and Scott Brown, President and CEO of VisionFund International, shared their excitement at Ms. […]

Press Release: Microfinance CEO Working Group Appoints New Co-Chair, Scott Brown of VisionFund International

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WASHINGTON, DC—The Microfinance CEO Working Group is pleased to announce their new Co-Chair, Scott Brown, President and CEO of VisionFund International. Brown is a founding member of the Working Group and joins current Co-Chair Lauren Hendricks, Executive Director of CARE’s Access Africa program. The two will lead the Working Group’s continued efforts to promote the […]

A New Report Looks to the Future of Measuring our Impact

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By Microfinance CEO Working Group Co-Chairs, Lauren Hendricks of CARE and Scott Brown of VisionFund International The Microfinance CEO Working Group, in collaboration with our members Grameen Foundation and Accion as well as Dominican University’s Brennan School of Business, co-published Measuring the Impact Of Microfinance: Looking To the Future. This report, authored by Kathleen E. Odell, […]

Increasing Poverty Outreach: Suggestions from Recent Research

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This post was originally published on the Center for Financial Inclusion blog. By Anne Hastings, Executive Director, Microfinance CEO Working Group At a time when microfinance has fallen out of favor in mainstream development circles and when investors are asking to see metrics showing the impact of their funding, it is especially important to base our discussions […]

Press Release: Lauren Hendricks of CARE elected as Microfinance CEO Working Group Co-Chair

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WASHINGTON – The Microfinance CEO Working Group is pleased to announce their new Co-Chair, Lauren Hendricks, Executive Director of CARE’s Access Africa program, who joins current Co-Chair Alex Counts, Founder of Grameen Foundation. The two will lead the Working Group’s continued efforts to promote responsible microfinance, so the field can reach its full potential of […]

Guest Post: ‘Model Law for Best Practice in Financial Consumer Protection’: An important driver for Universal Financial Access

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This post was originally published by the World Bank’s Private Sector Development blog. By Ros Grady, Senior Financial Sector Expert with the Financial inclusion Team, within the Finance and Markets Global Practice of the World Bank Group  The Client Protection Principles: Model Law and Commentary for Financial Consumer Protection (the “Model Law”), recently launched by the Microfinance CEO Working Group, […]

By the Numbers: Benchmarking Progress Toward Financial Inclusion

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This post was originally published on the Center for Financial Inclusion Blog. Can the world achieve full financial inclusion by 2020? By the Numbers: Benchmarking Progress Toward Financial Inclusion, a new Financial Inclusion 2020 (FI2020) publication from CFI, offers a quantitative review of financial inclusion globally, using publicly available data to examine recent progress and projecting […]