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Frank Ballard
• 07/24/13
• Posted in Updates, poverty lines
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By Frank Ballard

So you’ve just found out the PPI your organization uses has been updated. Great! Your poverty data will be more accurate because it is based on the most recent national household income survey available in your country. Your organization will be better able to target and understand the poor households it serves.

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Lindsey Longendyke
• 05/20/13
• Posted in social performance
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By Lindsey Alexander

In late March, the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) hosted an event in Washington DC to explore the challenges and opportunities surrounding measurement of social performance indicators. This event was in response to the recent release of WBCSD’s publication Measuring Socio-economic Impact, which provides practical information on social indicator measurement tools, including their application. The event attracted professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds, including public health, consumer products, and financial services. All attendees shared the same question: How do I know if my organization is improving the human condition?

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Frank Ballard
• 04/10/13
• Posted in poverty rates, best practices
• 2 Comments

By Frank Ballard

If there were a one-to-one relationship between scores and likelihoods, there would be nothing wrong with averaging scores to calculate the poverty rate of a group. However, this is not the case and averaging scores will consistently lead to an incorrect poverty rate.

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emily.hanak
• 03/28/13
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By Emily Hanak

Published last summer, Poverty Outreach of Selected Microfinance Institutions in the Philippines analyzes client-level poverty data from selected MFIs in the Philippines that use the Progress out of Poverty Index®, or PPI, to measure client poverty. The report examines three aspects of poverty outreach that are integral to evaluating an organization’s social performance: concentration, scale, and penetration. 

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sergio.correa
• 12/19/12
• Posted in Latin America
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It is always exciting to attend an event where organizations that target entrepreneurs come together to resolve common problems and plan for the future, especially when those organizations have the altruistic mission to target poor entrepreneurs.

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mkochendorfer
• 10/27/12
• Posted in social performance, SPTF
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By Mary Jo Kochendorfer

This past summer, the microfinance industry recently celebrated a milestone when the Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) released the Universal Standards of Social Performance Management (USSPM) after a worldwide consensus-building effort. After much work and collaboration, the microfinance industry, by way of the SPTF, came together and put forth standards which outline the best practices for monitoring and managing social performance. The SPTF defines social performance as "the effective translation of an institution's social mission into practice in line with accepted social values." Following the SPTF annual meeting back in June, regional microfinance networks have also prioritized social performance in their agendas.

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cris lomboy
• 09/27/12
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By Cris Lomboy

I recently sat down with management at a leading microfinance institution (MFI) in the Philippines to talk about targeting. Like many MFIs, this one is deeply committed to helping the poor through the provision of transformative financial and non-financial services, and it uses the PPI to determine how many new clients are poor. They are however unsatisfied with their current poverty outreach and would like to further deepen outreach to the poor or increase the participation of poor in their program. They wonder how they can further use the PPI to deepen their outreach and they came to a conclusion that they can use it for client targeting. They ponder how to use the PPI for effective targeting and we supported them to understand it better.

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emilyhosoya
• 06/29/12
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By Emily Hosoya

Since starting our work with CARD Bank in the Philippines, we’ve realized the best savings products are designed by the customers themselves. Although we’d love to sit down with each of CARD’s 500,000+ savings customers to discuss their needs, there is never enough time or resources to do so. Instead, with the help of our senior data analyst, Jacobo Menajovsky, we’ve created a process to use specific customer information to address our business questions and drive CARD’s product design and marketing strategy.

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stevewright
• 03/01/12
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In the recent New York Times article, "How Companies Learn your Secrets," Charles Duhigg discusses how companies can use demographics and data on personal consumption behavior to manipulate shopping habits and attract new customers. Target, for example, can predict if a customer is pregnant, what trimester she is in, and, with this information, target baby-related advertisements to her.

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stevewright
• 02/27/12
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In 2010 SKS Microfinance went public with great excitement from the financial markets and a hail of criticism from some in the industry. The criticism centered around the idea that profit is NOT a proxy for success and an aggressive focus on growth is bad for the poor.

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