The Microfinance Initiative for Asia (MIFA) is a debt fund, which offers refinancing to Asian Microfinance institutions (MFIs) with the objective to strengthen financial markets and to foster sound access to finance for low-income households as well as micro and small enterprises. MIFA was set up by KfW (the German development bank), IFC (a member of the World Bank Group) and includes funds from the German Ministry for Economic Development (BMZ) and the European Union (EU). The MIFA Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) is the technical assistance (TA) arm of the Fund, which supports institution building through capacity building to the Fund’s existing and potential investees.
In late 2012, BlueOrchard Finance (“BOF”), Incofin and Oikocredit, undertook an over-indebtedness (OID) study in Cambodia. Based on the observation of an increased microfinance market penetration in some areas of Cambodia, the objective of the study was to contribute to a better understanding of the drivers of over-indebtedness among borrowers in selected saturated areas of the country. A focus of the study was set on the demand side for microfinance services (i.e. the borrowers) and provided important insights on the reasons why people become over-indebted.
This one-stage public request for proposals (RFP) for the Microfinance Initiative for Asia (MIFA) Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) is looking for a combined team of research and consulting experts to implement a second over-indebtedness study of microfinance clients in Cambodia.
The deadline for submission of proposals will be Monday, 4 July 2016 at 2:00pm CEST.