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Microfinance

IDS’ Vulnerability, Poverty and Reduction (VPR) team's work on microfinance is centred on the Imp-Act programme which is designed to improve the quality of microfinance services and their impact on poverty by supporting microfinance institutions (MFIs) in developing their own social performance management (SPM) systems.

Woman in receipt of microfinance loan

Seven leading practitioner-focused organisations are collaborating to train and support MFIs to implement social performance management (SPM) systems, build global capacity to support SPM, share lessons learnt and 'good practice', and promote an enabling environment for SPM.

Our Network

The Imp-Act Social Performance Management (SPM) Network connects individuals and organisations who are committed to managing and achieving social performance in microfinance. This is a space for practitioners to share experiences, common challenges and key lessons learnt around SPM – through blogs, videos and discussion groups. The Network also keeps members informed of the latest news, events and debates around SPM through monthly exclusive interviews with key industry stakeholders and weekly news round-ups.

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IDS publications on international development research

Does Better Local Governance Improve District Growth Performance in Indonesia

A large literature suggests that countries with better governance have higher growth rates. We explore whether this is also true at the sub-national level in Indonesia. More details

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Putting the 'Social' into Performance Management: A Practice-Based Guide for Microfinance

This guide is written for MFIs committed to managing and achieving their social mission, and the organisations that support them. Inside, you will find step-by-step guidance on integrating a social lens into your performance management systems. More details

Reclaiming Feminism: Gender and Neoliberalism

Reclaiming Feminism: Gender and Neoliberalism

The focus of this IDS Bulletin is particularly apposite at a time when much-cherished axioms are being re-inspected and where new possibilities and directions are so badly needed. Contributors add to a growing, vibrant debate about Gender and Development. This issue arises from a conference held at IDS in July 2007 in collaboration with Birkbeck College, under the Pathways of Women's Empowerment Research Programme Consortium, where participants reflected on the relationship between feminisms and neoliberalism, in the context of international development. More details

Front cover of Bulletin 39.4, Poverty in a Changing Climate

Poverty in a Changing Climate

Climate change gets attention across the world. IPCC findings call for radical limits to atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations responsible for human-induced climate change. More details

IDS Working Paper

The Vulnerability of 'Self-Help': Women and Microfinance in South India

Self-help groups (SHGs) play a major role in providing microfinance in India. But they do not work alone. State institutions are also a big part of the microfinance landscapeSelf-help groups (SHGs) play a major role in providing microfinance in India. But they do not work alone. State institutions are also a big part of the microfinance landscape. They promote and finance SHGs, and also interact directly with them. How does this kind of 'institutionalised co-production' in service delivery work in practice?. More details

Front cover of the Bulletin 39.1, Impact Evaluation: The Experiences of Official Agencies

Impact Evaluation: The Experiences of Official Agencies

Aid effectiveness has long been disputed, after decades of inconclusive macroeconomic analysis. Now there is a growing body of evidence from detailed, field level, microeconomic impact evaluations. The articles in this IDS Bulletin show how the design of these studies increasingly address the various sources of bias for which previous projects were criticised. More details

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Using Microfinance to Fight Poverty, Empower Women and Address Gender-based Violence and HIV

This article provides evidence from rural South Africa on microfinance's ability to reduce poverty and bring about broader social change. It describes the Intervention with Microfinance for AIDS and gender Equity (IMAGE) project jointly conducted by the Small Enterprise Foundation (SEF) and the Rural Aids and Development Action Research (RADAR) Program. More details

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Combining Microfinance and Training on Gender and HIV – A Proven Approach to Reduce Poverty and Halve Violence Against Women

This paper underscores the potential of microfinance to change the structural dimensions of poor people's lives. It presents findings and lessons from a successful Intervention with microfinance for AIDS and gender equity (IMAGE) partnership between Small Enterprise Foundation (SEF) and Rural AIDS and Development Action Research (RADAR) in South Africa. More details

IDS Working Paper

Microfinance Impact and the MDGs: The Challenge of Scaling Up

This paper concerns the potential for microfinance to make a difference in achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. It recognises that microfinance can contribute to several MDGs but that to do so in ways that make a real difference would involve a significant scaling-up of microfinance service provision. More details

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Social Performance Management in Microfinance Guidelines

These Guidelines offer an overview to social performance management, including an introduction, a roadmap for developing an SPM system, and a resource guide to SPM. They are supplemented by a set of eight Practice Notes, which offer more in-depth information on the issues discussed in the Guidelines. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Money with a Mission 1: Microfinance and Poverty Reduction

How far are microfinance institutions around the world contributing to global poverty reduction and what can they do to improve on this performance? This book presents the findings of a five-year action research programme into how far poverty-oriented microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are contributing to global poverty reduction, and how they can do so more effectively. More details

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