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mkochendorfer
• 10/27/12
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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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stevewright
• 02/16/12
• Posted in mobile phones, poorest, poverty
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It is important that we take the lessons we have learned from micro-credit and apply them to any new poverty intervention.

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Lindsey Longendyke
• 02/15/12
• Posted in impact investing, IRIS, ppi
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The worlds of social entrepreneurship and impact investing are widening as more people let their heart compete with their wallet in business decision-making. But success in these fields will require more than good intentions – players must stay smart with strong social performance metrics. This is challenging, of course, when social performance is still a subjective goal for many.

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admin
• 11/28/11
• Posted in Fonkoze, MCS, ppi, Seal of Excellence
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Solèy means sunshine in Haitian Creole. At the recent Microcredit Campaign Summit (MCS) in Valladolid, Spain, social performance in general (and the PPI specifically) were front and center, shining brightly. To that point, here is an excerpt from a blog post by Grameen Foundation President and CEO Alex Counts on the sunshine that the MCS directed to Haitian MFI Fonkoze and the Seal of Excellence.

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PreetiWali
• 09/08/11
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Our director, Steve Wright spoke at a plenary on 'Keeping the Meaning in the Market' at the SOCAP11 Conference organized by SOCAP this week in San Francisco. View the entire plenary discussion and let Steve know what you think - swright@grameenfoundation.org.

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PreetiWali
• 08/10/11
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MFIs and networks gathered together in Manila on July 28th for a Peer Learning Event on the use of the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI). It was an opportunity for 14 PPI users and supporters in the country, with a guest from the Vietnam Microfinance Working group, to share their experiences and learn from each other.

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