IDS research on microfinance was centred on the Imp-Act programme. It was 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.

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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.

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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

Micro-Credit: Impact, Targeting and Sustainability

IDS Bulletin 29.4 (1998)

This IDS Bulletin on 'Microfinance' has grown out of a workshop on 'Recent Research on Microfinance: Implications for Policy', held at IDS in February, 1998 and organised by the Poverty Research Unit at Sussex (PRUS). More details

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