Entries tagged with MFI

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• 10/20/17

Written by the AKAM Market Insights Team

For more than 60 years, various agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) have offered microfinance services through integrated development programmes and self-standing microfinance institutions. In 2005, these programmes were brought together under the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM). AKAM is present in Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Egypt, Syria, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, and Madagascar. The underlying objectives of AKAM are to reduce poverty, diminish the vulnerability of poor populations and alleviate economic and social exclusion. AKAM does this by delivering a full range of cost-effective, client-centered financial products and services to poor and low-income households and small businesses.

AKAM adopted the PPI across its network in 2014 to assess poverty outreach and changes in its clients’ poverty levels over time. AKAM decided to use the PPI because it is a simple way to measure our poverty outreach based on the likelihoods that our client households have expenditures below a given poverty line.

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• 01/24/11
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As the Regional Microfinance Programme Specialist for Plan International in Asia, I have learned first-hand the top challenges faced by microfinance institutions in accepting—and implementing—the PPI as their poverty assessment tool. My observations led me to create the ten challenges I outline here.

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shaviser's picture
• 08/27/10

I arrive in Kerala in the middle of the monsoon, with days characterized by gray skies and consistent rain, heavy only at times, but invariably rainy. Kerala is situated on the country’s southwest coast. It has the highest literacy rates in the country, and while predominantly Muslim, holds the country’s largest Christian population. Kerala is a contradictory state.

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