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Awais
• 01/24/11
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As the Regional Microfinance Programme Specialist for Plan International in Asia, I have learned first-hand the top challenges faced by microfinance institutions in accepting—and implementing—the PPI as their poverty assessment tool. My observations led me to create the ten challenges I outline here.

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sbrown
• 12/31/10
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Last August, my colleague Babacar Sambe and I set out in earnest to plan Grameen Foundation’s first deployments of the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). After analyzing the landscape, considering budget constraints and the location of local GF staff, we decided to begin our first efforts in Mali and Senegal. Rather than go it alone, we reached out to other international NGOs that support poverty-focused microfinance institutions (MFIs). And to round out our collaborative group, we invited other important locally based constituents-- namely a microfinance rating agency and the national associations of both countries. Our group of PPI supporters was formally branded the PPI Users Collaborative in Africa, otherwise known as PUCA (pronounced PUCK –a). PUCA includes Catholic Relief Services, Grameen Foundation, Oikocredit, Terrafina Microfinance, Planet Rating, and the national associations – APSFD Senegal and APSFD Mali.

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conches
• 11/18/10
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During its past fiscal year, Grameen Foundation’s Social Performance Management Center actively pursued its primary goal—to grow the use of the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) around the world. Our success is measured both in the number of new PPIs created (10) and updated (6), and the number of new microfinance users (43). The cumulative result at the end of the fiscal year: 27 PPIs and 73 PPI users, serving about 5 million clients.

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absa
• 11/11/10
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APSFD Senegal, in collaboration with Grameen Foundation, successfully completed a four‐day PPI Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for 16 participants in Nairobi, and received positive evaluations with strong “pasha moto”, as Sharlene describes in her blog above.

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sbrown
• 11/11/10
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At the close of our four-day training in Nairobi, Kenya, Stephen Makanga of KADET stands up and requests that the participants acknowledge in a Kenyan way the excellent job done by the facilitators. He instructs the group of Kenyans and Ugandans to rub their hands together (creating heat), and then to open them up a bit when he calls half-kilo, then wider at one kilo, even wider at kilo-and-a-half, and wider at two kilos, followed by the rotating of the wrist as though working flour and when he called “Pasha Moto,” they clapped in unison to acknowledge a job well-done. Absa, Donald, I wore huge smiles at this gesture of appreciation and to acknowledge the liveliness and engagement of the participants during the training, we too participated in demonstrating pasha moto!

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Awais
• 11/09/10
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Whenever I ask participants in a PPI training if they are interested in establishing a PPI peer learning network, everyone says yes. Then very few follow through.
The purpose of a peer learning network is to further develop MFIs’ understanding of the PPI through knowledge management and experience sharing. I have encouraged the establishment of PPI peer learning networks in three countries:

- Cambodia
- Pakistan
- Bangladesh

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admin
• 11/04/10
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My experiences for the past two days in Nairobi, Kenya have been eye-opening and hilarious, in many ways! After day two of an intensive training on the Progress out of Poverty Index™ (PPI™), I now better understand the PPI. This became clear during lunch time when I found myself comprehensively responding to questions about the PPI creation process, which l probably wouldn’t have done proficiently had it not been for my participation in the morning training sessions!

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conches
• 11/01/10
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As the new director of Grameen Foundation’s Social Performance Management Center (SPMC), I am pleased to share the news of a critical new approach to help pro-poor organizations make sure they are getting—and using—reliable data about the poverty levels of their clients. Today we are launching the Progress out of Poverty (PPI) certification process.

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sbrown
• 10/26/10
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In June, three PUCA (PPI Users Collaborative in Africa) members– national association APSFD Senegal, along with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Grameen Foundation – excited about the success of the dual country training events in Mali and Senegal, began to discuss the possibility of a unique opportunity for APSFD Senegal. The association is the flagship partner of CRS’ Mision II Afrique social performance management initiative and has primarily focused its attention on educating and supporting its in-country members interested in better understanding and managing their social performance. We jointly explored the feasibility of APSFD Senegal offering a PPI training of trainers outside of its borders using a retail pricing model where each participant paid a registration fee. This would be the first time that such an offering would be made in Africa, and we’ve learned that it is the first time in the world that a national association has hosted a training on the PPI using this retail pricing approach outside of its borders. Elsewhere in the world, national associations have sometimes been asked to consult for specific organizations and train on the PPI, but the initiative and pricing approach taken by APSFD Senegal in this case is unique.

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Awais
• 10/08/10
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Plan International Asia has completed Progress out of Poverty Index™ (PPI™) pilots in two countries—Vietnam and Nepal —providing needed baseline poverty information to three key microfinance institutions seeking to implement the PPI.

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