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Evaluation and Support for Improving Inclusive Green Finance for MFIs - The Green Index

The e-MFP Green Inclusive & Climate Smart Finance Action Group (GICSF AG), convened by the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP), was created in 2013 with the objective of raising awareness about the challenges related to inclusive finance and the environment, enhancing the knowledge and actions of inclusive finance actors in dealing with environmental issues, and facilitating cooperation among green inclusive finance actors. One of its main goals is to develop tools to measure the environmental performance of microfinance institutions (MFIs).

The Green Index (GI) tool was developed by the GICSF AG in 2014 to provide a means for the sector to measure the environmental performance of MFIs. It has been integrated into the Social Performance Indicators (SPI). The GICSF AG is currently developing a joint project with SPTF/CERISE to update the GI and create a seventh dimension (“Green dimension”) in the Universal Standards for Social Performance Management.

This webinar recording guides participants through the framework to assess environmental performance of financial inclusion and its operationalization for microfinance institutions, during which participants contribute to the design of the Green Index 3.0 and the environmental dimension of the universal standards for social performance management and discuss ways forward to assess environmental performance of MFIs.

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Speaker Bios

Natalia Realpe Carrillo

Natalia Realpe Carrillo

HEDERA Sustainable Solutions GmbH

Dr.-Ing. Natalia Realpe Carrillo is Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow from IASS, director of HEDERA Sustainable Solutions GmbH, co-head of the e-MFP Green Inclusive & Climate Smart Finance Action Group and guest lecturer at the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences including Climate Change (PAUWES) and at TU Berlin Campus El Gouna.
Natalia holds a PhD Degree in access to energy from the Energy Engineering Institute at TU Berlin. She has worked for over a decade in the green microfinance sector as senior project manager and energy consultant, supporting institutions in enabling access to clean energy in rural remote regions, managing projects in Latin America, Central Asia and Africa.

Davide Forcella

Davide Forcella

YAPU Solutions

Davide Forcella is Head of Business Development in YAPU Solutions. Davide is also Head of the e-MFP Green Inclusive & Climate Smart Finance Action Group and he is associate researcher at the Centre for European Research in Microfinance. With more than 10 years of experience in green inclusive finance, he has designed and implemented projects in more than 10 countries, conducted sectorial studies with over 1000 MFIs worldwide, and conceptualized and implemented software technologies for green inclusive finance.
Davide has a PhD in Mathematical Physics from the International School for Advanced Studies and a Master in Inclusive Finance from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.


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Oumar SECK , Emerging Africa Consulting, Belgique
19 January 2021

Knowledge and technical skills in the structuring and management of climate finance programmes and products by MFI are critical for socio-economic transformation

Dr V.Rengarajan , Independent consultant, India
10 October 2023

Three ' must' for constructing a robust Green index and universal standard for social performance
1. Microfinance inclusion need to go beyond micro credit or loan. A mere micro loan dispensation leads to overheating the household economy and increases debt stress and exclusion after inclusion
2. Green centered micro finance products and services need to be developed ( eg. solar power generation/solar power based equipment , bio gas plant, gobar gas plant, social forestry, tree plantation, waste recycling plants etc)
3. Micro insurance and pension as climate resilience products mandatory linked to loan products
Dr .V. Rengarajan

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