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Designing Credit Products to Support Women’s Economic Activity: Synthesis of Recent Literature

This evidence synthesis examines a range of studies published to examine the impact of financial innovations that have addressed barriers women face in accessing and using credit for productive purposes. 

FinDev Blog

Beyond “The Poor”: Using Empowering Narratives to Advance the Impacts of Aid

Three reasons why the development community should lead the shift away from using language that emphasizes people’s deficits, and model how we can do better.


Carping Critics and the Microfinance Conundrum

Based on its recent impact assessment study of Cambodian microfinance, M-CRIL has written two advisory notes which examine the validity of some of the sensational international headlines and propose reform measures for the sector.


Tameo Announces the Release of the 2023 Private Asset Impact Fund (PAIF) Report

This year's report offers the most detailed and comprehensive analysis of the impact fund market, focusing on private asset strategies in emerging and frontier markets in developing countries. 


The Impact of Mobile Money Interoperability on Financial Inclusion

This report assesses the impact of mobile money interoperability by considering the economic literature on interoperability more generally and utilizing a case study approach in five mobile money countries: Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda and Tanzania.


The Promises of Digital Bank Accounts for Low-Income Individuals

This study tests the extent to which the promises of digital modes of payment, increased efficiency of transactions, increased financial inclusion, and improvements in the financial well-being of low-income individuals, are fulfilled.


What Women Say About Microfinance

This report offers an in-depth look at the impact of microfinance and financial services on women's financial resilience, access to finance, and on their businesses and households. 

Guide / Toolkit

Impact Assessment of Financial Service Providers: Market Conduct Risk-Based Supervision Guideline Note

This guideline note is meant to assist policymakers in developing impact assessment frameworks, under the MC-RBS umbrella and the overarching goals of financial consumer protection policy.

FinDev Blog

How Do You Know If You're Making an Impact? First, Get Better Data

As impact investors increasingly seek deeper impact measurement and reporting, MFIs need to up their game to show if and how their products and services drive positive changes in their clients’ businesses, lives, families, and communities.

Guide / Toolkit

Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment in Financial Sector Deepening and Financial Inclusion Programmes

Given the complexities of measuring women's economic empowerment (WEE), this Guidance Note presents a framework and methodology for measuring the WEE outcomes of Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) projects and interventions.