Presenting the Gateway's top picks for key papers, case studies and toolkits so far this year
The Microfinance Gateway hosts an online library of over 8,000 publications on key topics in microfinance and financial inclusion that come from our community of practitioners around the world. Here we have compiled a list of some of the most highly recommended publications that have been added to the library in the first half of the year.
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This synthesis report (and its related four individual country reports - Benin, Pakistan, Peru, Georgia) presents the voices of low-income individuals who shared their opinions, hopes, and struggles, as part of the Smart Campaign's Client Voices Project. This project aimed to test the assumptions behind the client protection principles, asking clients which aspects of their relationship with MFIs were most worrisome. Topic:Consumer Protection
The current inflow of refugees to Europe is unprecedented in terms of the number of people involved and is creating significant challenges for asylum systems and integration policies in host countries. This brief looks at how financial education can contribute to longer term policies aimed at facilitating the integration of refugees. Topics: Disasters and Conflict, Financial Education, Policy
This study (and its related case studies on Tanzania and Nigeria) looks at the efforts of policymakers and central bankers in different countries who are fine-tuning an enabling environment for the financial inclusion of women. Evidence has shown that policy measures to increase financial inclusion need to be country-specific, based on each country’s gender gap and unique challenges and opportunities. The policies featured in this paper are examples of promising policy solutions to advancing financial inclusion for women. Topics: Gender and Empowerment, Policy
This report (and its two related reports on credit and remittances) presents key findings from the Mexico Financial Diaries project, which tracked 185 households over the course of 14 months from November 2013 to January 2015. The project aimed to shed light on how low-income Mexican families manage their money and the unique constraints they face. The report provides financial service providers and policymakers with key takeaways to improve the well-being of low-income Mexican households. Topics:Informal Finance, Market Research and Product Development
These tool guides were developed by Accion to explain key operational and credit risk management tools to mid-to-senior level managers of FSPs who are not directly in charge of risk management but who are responsible to manage the risks within their respective departments and units. The tool guides use clear and practical language to explain what each tool is, why it’s important, and the potential impact on bottom line results. Topic: Risk Management
This report highlights a trend still in its early stages that ties financial capability interventions more closely to actual customer behavior, especially at critical decision-making moments, and particularly when signing up for and using financial products. It presents lessons from a wide range of innovative interventions on financial education, and six recommendations for change. Topics:Financial Education, Market Research and Product Development
This Playbook aims to help FSP staff serving poor customers to implement customer experience improvements and ultimately influence their organizations to build a culture of customer-centric innovation. Topics: Market Research and Product Development
This report provides an analysis of the payment aspects of financial inclusion, on the basis of which it sets out seven guiding principles designed to assist countries that seek to advance financial inclusion in their markets through payments. Topic: Remittances and Payments
This second edition of the Microinsurance Network's annual magazine presents the insights and views of 22 experts in the field with regards to innovative developments in the microinsurance industry. The magazine covers a wide variety of topics and issues, from examples of successful distribution channels to index-based livestock insurance, as well as lessons learned supporting regulatory change in Latin America and the Caribbean. Topic: Microinsurance
For the Smallholder Diaries project, researchers interviewed 270 total families in Mozambique, Pakistan, and Tanzania every two weeks for an entire calendar year, tracking their income, expenses, and agricultural production. The result was approximately 500,000 data points, combined with rich personal stories, about the challenges these families face - related to agriculture, finance, and other areas of life such as health and education. The publication includes the full report, executive summary, and an Interactive Data Visualization. Topic:Rural and Agricultural Finance
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