Truelift’s progress and what the future holds

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A Commitment to the Future

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The work that took place is a moment in history when the industry has rededicated itself to the mission of using microfinance to help end poverty.EspañolFrançais Continue reading

Strategic Partnership To Deliver Social Performance Assessments

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Outreach to the poorest: by Lisa Kuhn Fraioli

Are MFI staff biased against the physical manifestations of severe poverty? Lisa Kuhn Fraioli, in this Truelift blog post, describes an exercise she took MFI staff through in order to illuminate how “the poorest members of society can become invisible to us.”

“Many of the people who were chosen based on their profiles were not chosen based on their pictures, revealing an apparent disconnect between the intent to serve poorer clients and the ability to identify them visually.” Read more!

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In the article below, Lisa Kuhn Fraioli recounts some experiences in the field and her reflections on pro-poor outreach:

Sometimes seeing is the first obstacle
to better outreach to the poorest.

In my work with microfinance organizations around the world, I have noticed that efforts to serve more poor people can stumble on the very first step: seeing them. 

One experience in particular stands out from my experience with a very well-meaning MFI whose staff claimed that there were not poorer clients or women to whom they could lend. In order to shed some light, I went out and interviewed people whom I thought were potential clients who were poorer than those currently served and took their pictures.  I also interviewed and photographed some people at a slightly higher economic level that I thought resembled the people they were currently serving.

photosAt a staff meeting, I posted pictures around the room and…

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Call for Tools! Tracking progress of poor people

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One of the 2 goals of the Microcredit Summit Campaign, as endorsed by delegates at our 2006 Global Microcredit Summit in Halifax, is for the global microfinance community, through appropriate products and services and establishing effective partnerships, to help 100 million families lift themselves out of severe poverty. In order to measure progress toward that goal, practitioners must track the progress of their clients and other stakeholders have a role to support that process.

If Truelift’s call for tools applies to you–your organization is tracking the progress of people living in poverty–please visit the post on Truelift to learn more.

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Do you track progress of people living in poverty?
Know someone who does?
We need your input!

Choose one of the TWO ways below to submit your tool for Tracking Progress of People Living in Poverty – email or the form below. Once you have submitted we will follow-up with you as soon possible. To learn more about tracking progress of poor people, click here.

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1) Send us an email telling us a little about:

  • You and your organization
  • What tool are you using to track progress of people living in poverty?
  • What is your tracking process?
  • What outcomes have you seen evidence of?
  • What have you learned from this process?

Send to info[at]truelift.org

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2) Complete the form below telling us a little about the ways you track progress of people living in poverty:

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Video Recording of “Matching Products & Preferences” Webinar

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Here is the promised video recording of the Bankers without Borders webinar from Friday, June 21. Continue reading

What about Non-Financial Services? (reblogged from Truelift)

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Clearly, the Microcredit Summit Campaign advocates for providing non-financial services such as health education and such along side credit, savings, and insurance. We think it is a key ingredient in meeting the needs and preference of clients. With our Financing Healthier Lives project, our partner MFIs are providing those very educational interventions that help women change behaviors at home, thus eliminating diarrhea and improving the health of their family.

You can read about our work here:  

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Lively discussion
During the Technical Committee (TC) meetings leading up to the final methodology for Truelift Assessment and the Pro-Poor Principles, there was a great deal of discussion about non-financial services and whether or not they are essential to pro-poor microfinance. Initially, the TC explored a full dimension of the methodology dedicated to assessing non-financial services when undergoing Truelift Assessment. As these discussions evolved, some broader questions rose to the fore, including the pro-poor intent and strategy behind services provided, and the degree of commitment to pro-poor services in terms of quality, coverage, and duration.

Appropriate non-financial services
The result of the Technical Committee (TC) deliberations ultimately yielded Pro-Poor Principle #2: Services that Meet the Needs of People Living in Poverty. “Services” is perhaps an oversimplification as we include here products, delivery channels, and any other modifications that an MFI has implemented in favor of its poor clients. The indicators in…

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Register today for the “Matching Products and Preferences” Webinar (June 21)

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Webinar – What is Truelift?

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How did the Seal of Excellence become Truelift? Join uson June 13 for a webinar to learn about the new focus, name and logo.

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13 June 2013 (Thursday)
10:00am EDT
Email: info[@]truelift.org  to RSVP

 

Ask yourself why you got involved in microfinance in the first place?
If you’re like us, you got involved in microfinance in order to make a real difference for people living in poverty.

We are pleased to invite you to join us in a renewed commitment to positive and enduring change in the lives of poor people and to celebrate the culmination of three years of work and industry collaboration. Join us and learn about our new focus, name and logo!

Truelift is a global initiative to renew focus on the pro-poor objective of microfinance. Truelift is a trust mark – in microfinance and beyond – to signify commitment to positive and enduring change for people living in poverty.

Truelift provides a strategic framework for pro-poor microfinance, including standards and indicators. Truelift also promotes a learning environment for improved…

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Data quality and the Pro-Poor Principles

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Data quality — Moving forward, the beta test findings have highlighted the importance of developing guidelines for quality issues with data on poor clients.
  • Data disaggregation — need for pro-poor microfinance promote activities like disaggregating data on poor clients as part of the continued improvement of pro-poor practices across the globe
  • Where did these findings lead us — one of the 4 sub-categories under each of the 3 Pro-Poor Principles is “Measurement and Data Quality”

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Pro-Poor Principles series
On 15 May 2013 we announced our Pro-Poor Principles in a blog post, found here. In this continuing series of blog posts, we will elaborate on the path that brought us to these Pro-Poor Principles of microfinance. The principles will inform both the learning environment in our community of practice, as well as our methodology for determining organizations that will be recognized by the Pro-Poor Seal of Excellence. We appreciate any thoughts you have on the Pro-Poor Principles and how best to apply them to practice. If you would like more information, please contact MeasureLearnChange[at]gmail.com.

The Beta Tests and Data quality
In partnership with technical experts in microfinance, we recently concluded a beta testing phase for the Seal of Excellence. The 7 microfinance institutions evaluated in the beta tests represent a variety of regions, as well as organization sizes and legal forms. You can view some…

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Defining “Poverty”: Pro-Poor Principles series

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“As a simple global benchmark, [the Seal will] reference a poverty line that approximates the bottom ~40% of the population. In many countries, the national poverty line is about the same as the bottom ~40%, as can be see in the graph below. This definition intentionally reflects a level that is practical, achievable and relevant to ensuring deep financial inclusion. Broadly, it represents outreach to the bottom half of the financially excluded. At the same time, in order to recognize MFIs that have achieved deeper outreach to the very poor, the Seal of Excellence indicators identify the percentage of clients from the bottom ~20% as well.”

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Pro-Poor Principles series
On 15 May 2013 we announced our Pro-Poor Principles in a blog post, found here. In this continuing series of blog posts, we will elaborate on the path that brought us to these Pro-Poor Principles of microfinance. The principles will inform both the learning environment in our community of practice, as well as our methodology for determining organizations that will be recognized by the Pro-Poor Seal of Excellence. We appreciate any thoughts you have on the Pro-Poor Principles and how best to apply them to practice. If you would like more information, please contact MeasureLearnChange[at]gmail.com.

Defining “Poverty”

A simple plan
There have been many varied measures of poverty established over the past two decades in our global efforts to alleviate poverty. Hundreds of National Poverty Lines have been established by individual country governments, and institutions such as the World Bank have used figures ranging anywhere from…

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Announcing: the Pro-Poor Principles

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As the culmination of three years of work, the Pro-Poor Principles form the foundation for good practice in reaching and serving poor clients.

  1. Principle 1: Purposeful Outreach to People Living in Poverty
  2. Principle 2: Services that Meet the Needs of People Living in Poverty
  3. Principle 3: Tracking Progress of People Living in Poverty

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Pro-Poor Principles series
We are proud to announce the Pro-Poor Principles! As the culmination of three years of work, the Pro-Poor Principles form the foundation for good practice in reaching and serving poor clients. They also serve as the core of our assessment framework that will help to identify those organizations doing the most to reach people living in poverty, to meet their needs, and to track progress over time.

The journey to the principles included alpha and beta testing, using a lengthy set of indicators which were reduced and refined. Many meetings and months of deliberation were conducted by our Technical Committee of industry experts. Performance against these standards will help to define the level of recognition that a microfinance institution can receive from the Seal of Excellence Secretariat.

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Youth Loan Fund Q&A – 2 May 2013 (PovCoP)

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Missed our meeting this month?

Watch the video below, featuring Justin Sykes from Silatech speaking about their partnership with Al-Amal Microfinance Bank on the Youth Loan Fund in Yemen.  Anton Simanowitz, Social Performance specialist, interviews Silatech in the video below.  For more information on the Youth Loan Fund, take a look at this blog post.

Youth Loan Fund Q&A from Seal of Excellence on Vimeo.

Reflections from Al-Amal

Due to connectivity problems in Yemen, Al-Amal Microfinance Bank (AMB) CEO Mr. Mohammed Al-Lai was not able to join the conversation in the video.  See below for Al-Amal CEO Mr. Mohammed Al-Lai’s insights (received via email) on the partnership experience with Silatech for the Youth Loan Fund.


Can you explain a bit about who was not reached by the Youth Loan Fund and why?

Mr. Al-Lai
The youth Population who were not served in AMB are :
1. The unskilled…

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