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                   Microfinance Community

  Community Update
                                                                                 No. 44: 19 October 2010
   In this Issue

           From the Resource Team| Network Activity | Community News |Member Postings

  From the Resource Team

  Dear Members,

  Warm Greetings from the Resource Team!

  Congratulations to all the members for completing four years!

  The Microfinance Community of Practice established under the UN Solution Exchange has been in existence
  since October 2006. The first face-to-face meeting of the community, termed as the Visioning Workshop,
  was held on October 11, 2007. The community is completing four years of its existence. In the whole
  process we have moved far ahead in context of coverage of themes, geographical area, types of organizations
  and introduction of new products and services like Synthesis Document, Ready Reckoner etc.

  In order to provide a clear road map for the next phase, we have planned to conduct our Resource Group
  meeting on 2 November 2010. In the next phase we will continue producing higher end products/
  synthesizing knowledge, facilitating use of knowledge products, integrating knowledge across communities and
  influencing changes. The Resource Group acts as a group of ‘Thought Leaders’ of the community. It
  provides the overall guidance and direction for the Community, so as to ensure that the Community effectively
  services its membership and that it works towards the stated intentions to promote the attainment of the
  Community’s development goal.

  Action Groups

  The community released the report of the Action Group meeting on ‘Micro leasing for Vulnerable and Small
  Entrepreneurs’               (the                report            is          available             at:

  We have also organized an Action Group meeting on Housing Microfinance on 27 Sept. 2010 wherein the
  members of the Action Group and other leading practitioners representing banks, Housing MF organization,
  Donor agencies, and relevant UN organizations have participated. We thank Mr. Harish Chotani and Mr. Milroy
  Paul, Conveners of the Action Groups on Micro leasing and Housing MF, and members of the action groups for
  their contributions to the successful conduct of Action Group activities.
During this period we conducted a rich discussion on a new thematic area – ‘Microfinance Services for
Education’. We plan to continue taking up new issues in the microfinance sector.

Please keep suggesting the areas where you find knowledge gaps or the issues which require immediate inputs
from the practitioners. We will be happy to take up issues which can fill the knowledge gaps at different levels.

Best wishes,

Navin Anand and Monika Khanna
Resource Team, Microfinance Community
Solution Exchange, United Nations, New Delhi

Members Postings                                                               Community News

Workshops, Conferences & Events                                                Open Query

Upcoming                                                                       Query: Linking Land Rights
                                                                               with      Livelihood     and
From Swati Gaur, ACCESS Development Services, New Delhi                        Microfinance      Issues   -
                                                                               Experiences; Examples.
Microfinance India Summit, 15 – 16 November 2010, New Delhi                    Reply by 29 October 2010
                                                                               Click here to send your
The 7th Microfinance India Summit, organized by ACCESS will be held            responses
between November 15 and 16, 2010 at the Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi. The
theme for this year’s Summit is “Mission of Microfinance – Need to Reflect     Solution           Exchange
and Reaffirm”. The Summit sessions will focus on current trends and issues     Events
relating   to     sustainability,  transparency,     social  performance,
commercialization of the sector, client protection, among others. To read      Upcoming Events
more, please click here
                                                                               Microfinance      Community,
From Parul Tandon, MicroSave, Lucknow                                          Resource Group Meeting,
                                                                               02 November 2010, New
Delinquency Management Training, 1 – 3 December 2010,                          Delhi. For details, please write
Hyderabad                                                                      to    se-mf@solutionexchange-
MicroSave announces the commencement of ‘Delinquency Management
Training' from December 1-3, 2010 in Hyderabad. This training is based on      Regional         Consultative
MicroSave's Delinquency Management Toolkit which is developed based on         Meeting – Eastern Region,
rigorous, field-based research and testing with a diverse range of MFIs        Decentralization
operating in a variety of markets. For more information, please click here.    Community, 16 November
To apply, kindly send the filled in Registration Form to      2010, Kolkata. For more
or                                                        details, please write to the
                                                                               Resource     Team    at    se-
From Deepti Singh, MicroSave, Lucknow                                          decn@solutionexchange-
Toolkit Preview - HRM and SIS, 10 December 2010, Hyderabad

MicroSave presents Toolkit Preview, an attempt to provide a platform for       Recently Held
sharing, cross-learning and discussion. This Toolkit Preview session will
showcase MicroSave's toolkits on Human Resource Management (HRM)               Round Table on Menstrual
and Staff Incentive Scheme (SIS). For more information, please read the        Hygiene and Use of Sanitary
brochure. To apply, fill in the Registration Form and send it to               Napkins among Adolescent and                                      Girls  -   Way    Forward,
                                                                               Maternal and Child Health
From K. Sukumaran, Indian School of Microfinance for Women,                    (MCH)       Community,       24
Ahmedabad                                                                      September 2010, New Delhi.
                                                                               To read the draft report, please
Certificate Programme in Community Based Microfinance, 25                      click here.
November – 4 December 2010, Ahmedabad
                                                                               From Our Partners
Indian School of Microfinance for Women designed a certificate program
titled Community Based Microfinance and offering to those who wanted to        Job Opportunities
take microfinance as a career. The course covers all the knowledge based
inputs required for a better understanding of the microfinance sector in       Vacancy: Consultant Financial
general and community based microfinance sector in particular. Please          Inclusion State level Strategy
note that last date of sending the nominations is 20 November 2010. For        formulation
more      information,   please    see    the  brochure    available  at:      Organization: United Nations                Development Programme
19101001.doc                                                                   Location: New Delhi
                                                                               Closing: 23 October 2010
From Sameer Kochhar, Skoch Development Foundation, Gurgaon
                                                                               Vacancy: Project Assistant MHA
24th Skoch Summit, 10 – 11 November 2010, New Delhi                            Organization: GOI – UNDP
                                                                               “Disaster     Risk      Reduction
24th Skoch summit will be organized on the theme of "Delivering Equality,      Programme”
Growth and Social Justice" on the 10 -11 November 2010 at Delhi. In this       Location: New Delhi
24th Summit, the organizers aim to revisit the theme from the 4th Skoch        Closing: 29 October 2010
Summit held in October 2004 at New Delhi. For more information, please
click here                                                                     Vacancy: State Project Officer
                                                                               Organization: Support to National
From Navin Anand, Resource Person                                              Initiatives to Mainstream HIV in
                                                                               North East
Kuala Lumpur Takaful Conference 2010, 2 December 2010,                         Location: Kohima
Malaysia                                                                       Closing: 24 October 2010
Islamic Banking and Finance Institute Malaysia (IBFIM) is organizing the       Vacancy: Research Associate –
2nd Kuala Lumpur Takaful Conference 2010 (KLTC 2010): Taking Stock of          Climate    Change    Community,
Malaysia’s 26 Years of Experience - Financial Landscape & Strategic            Solution Exchange
Positioning. The conference is scheduled to be held on 2 December 2010 at      Organization: United Nations
Hotel Nikko Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For more information, please visit:        Development Programme                Location: New Delhi
                                                                               Closing: 26 October 2010
From Mahendra, Karnataka Community – Solution Exchange, Bangalore

6th International Micro insurance Conference, 9 – 11 November 2010, Manila

This event is hosted by the Munich Re Foundation and the Micro insurance Network supported by GTZ/BMZ,
the Department of Finance of the Philippines and Georgia State University’s Center for the Economic Analysis of
Risk, Around 500 participants and over 80 speakers and facilitators from around the world will exchange
experiences and discuss the challenges of micro insurance. The conference will have four plenary panel
discussions on key topics addressing an interdisciplinary audience. 16 parallel working group sessions will deal
in depth with different subtopics. Interactive sessions are a key part of the conference, facilitating dialogue in
small groups on emerging issues. For more details, please visit: http://www.munichre-

From Gyanendra Mani, Bankers Institute of Rural Development, Lucknow
Microfinance in North East, 27 – 28 January 2011, Guwahati

The Bankers Institute of Rural Development (BIRD), Lucknow, is organizing a two day ‘Seminar on
Microfinance in North-East’ in Guwahati. Interested researchers/practitioners from North Eastern States are
requested to submit their papers, not exceeding 6000 words, latest by 24th December 2010. Abstract not
exceeding 200 words should also be submitted along with the paper. Authors of the selected papers will be
invited to present their papers in the proposed seminar. The papers may be mailed to
and or posted to the Editor, The microFINANCE REVIEW, Bankers Institute of Rural
Development, Sector-H, LDA, Kanpur Road, Lucknow-226012. To read the identified themes, please click here.


From Arun Jindal, Society for Sustainable Development (SSD), Karauli, Rajasthan

Ashoka’s Youth Venture (AYV)
Ashoka’s Youth Venture is an innovative initiative that “inspires and invests in teams of young people to design
and launch their own lasting social ventures, enabling them to have this transformative experience of leading
positive social change.” In its Staples’ Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition, it is currently seeking entries
from inspirational youths to participate and gain from its program.

The competition is open for young leaders (12 to 24 years) who are creating positive change in the world. They
can submit their stories, which can be selected for a prize. The prizes include: ALL-EXPENSE-PAID TRIP to
Washington, D.C. Up to two members from each of the eight winning teams will be invited to Washington, D.C.
to present at the TEDxYSE event on November 13, 2010. For more information, visit:

From Anna Somos Krishnan, PlaNet Finance India, Bangalore

Microfinance Process Excellence Award (MPEA)

PlaNet Finance India is inviting the applications for its 4 th Microfinance Process Excellence Award. It aims to
reward process excellence in MFIs, and to establish industry benchmarks and elevate the standards of process-
and institutional management across MFIs in India. The key indicators as well as the judging criteria have been
developed in collaboration with and verified by MFTansparency, Genpact, Access, Sa-Dhan, EDA, as well as
other members of the service provider’s roundtable in India. Please note the award ceremony takes place on
15 November 2010. For more information, please contact Saheba Sahni at

From Swati Gaur, ACCESS Development Services, New Delhi

Microfinance India Awards

ACCESS Development Services and The Hongkong And Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited have announced
Microfinance India Awards 2010. The Awards will be presented on the inaugural day of the Microfinance India
Summit – November 15-16, 2010. The nomination forms and complete information is available on

From Indrani Sharma, Ashoka's Changemakers, New Delhi

Property Rights: Identity, Dignity & Opportunity for All

Ashoka’s Changemakers and Omidyar Network together have launched an online competition titled Property
Rights: Identity, Dignity & Opportunity for All, to present a unique opportunity in the field of property rights
and to identify and support the leaders working in this sphere. Please not that last date of submitting the
entries    is    3    November     2010.   All     entries   must     be     submitted       online.     Please
visit for further information. For queries, clarifications and assistance,
please contact Indrani Sharma at

Recently Held

From Rashmi Pillai, Intellecap, Mumbai

Srijan Financial Inclusion Forum 2010

Shares the details of the recently held Srijan Financial inclusion Forum on 7 – 8 October 2010, Mumbai. The
Forum engaged over 65 brilliant speakers and 300 decision makers and CXOs from microfinance institutions,
apex organizations, banks, investment houses, technology companies and the financial sector. For more
details, please read the press release please click here

Job Opportunities

From Monika Khanna, Research Associate

Vacancy: Director of Operations
Organization: PlaNet Finance
Location: India
Last Date: 30 November 2010

Vacancy: Training Manager
Organization: Samasta Microfinance Limited
Location: India
Last Date: 1 December 2010

Vacancy: Investment Manager
Organization: MicroVentures
Location: India
Last Date: 31 December 2010

Vacancy: Associate Investment Manager
Organization: MicroVentures
Location: India
Last Date: 31 December 2010

Vacancy: Social Performance Analyst
Organization: Microfinance Information eXchange
Location: India
Last Date: 1 November 2010

Vacancy: Program Manager
Organization: IntelleCash Microfinance Network Company Pvt. Ltd.
Location: India
Last Date: 11 November 2010

Vacancy: Regional Manager
Organization: Muthoot Fincorp
Location: India
Last Date: 1 December 2010

Recommended Readings and Viewings

From Sumita Chowdhury, SIDBI, Lucknow

Press Release; SIDBI
           Shares that SIDBI and 10 other major lenders in the sector have a launched “The Lenders Forum”.
           The aims of the forum is to promote transparent, responsible and commercially sustainable industry
           practices and codes of conduct so as to better safeguard the interests of the poor and the

From Parul Tandon, MicroSave, Lucknow

Briefing Notes

Understanding the ‘Cost of Cash’ for Low Income Clients: Why and How? And Removing the Pain from Using
Cash: An M-banking Solution?
           These notes provide insights on how an organization may apply the tool's findings in an e- or m-
           banking scenario also shares that MicroSave has developed a "cost of cash" tool specifically around
           for understanding the pain involved in cash transactions which helps e/m-banking stakeholders to
           discover which suite of transactions to focus on

Tapping the Underserved: Formal and Semi-Formal Financial Institution Partnerships
           Explores the options for partnerships between formal financial institutions and MFIs, and how they
           can, together, contribute to the ultimate goal of financial inclusion

E Bulletin – MicroSave; September 2010
           Focuses on the area of delivering Individual Lending (IL) services to meet higher credit demands of
           mature low income clients.

Poverty Scoring Series Part 2 and Part 3
           In Part 2, Mark Schreiner, Director, Microfinance Risk Management explains where a score card
           comes from, what are the challenges of implementing the system, and how one trains analysts. In
           Part 3 he talks about the future of poverty scoring and gives examples of how MFIs use this
           powerful tool

Microfinance in Africa; Part 1 and Part 2
           In part 1, Roger Voorhies, Founder and Former CEO, OIBM talks about the biggest challenges and
           natural advantages of doing microfinance in Africa. In Par 2 he talks about the bank’s institution
           building, the bank’s experience with technology – cards, m-banking, ATMs, and whether the OIBM
           experience can be replicated in other regions

From Monika Khanna, Research Associate

Financial Access 2010
           Financial Access 2010 is the second in the series of annual reports by CGAP and the World Bank
           Group to monitor statistics for financial access in the world and inform policy debate. Further it
           reviews three policy areas relevant to the current financial access debate: financial inclusion
           mandates, consumer protection in financial services, and access to finance by small and medium
           enterprises (SMEs)
Is There a Business Case for Small Savers?
             This study examines quantitatively whether or not small savers—defined here as the half of all
             savings clients of a microfinance institution (MFI) with the smallest deposit account balances—
             contribute to or undermine the sustainability of the MFI

Branchless Banking 2010: Who’s Served? At What Price? What’s Next?
             This Focus Note evaluates the evidence from 18 branchless banking providers with a collective total
             of more than 50 million customers

Legal Info

From Monika Khanna, Research Associate

High Level Committee to Review Lead Bank Scheme – Providing Banking Services in every village
having population of over 2000 (PDF; Size 32 KB)
            Shares the partial modification of para 1 of circular RPCD.CO. LBS.HLC.BC.No.43 /02.19.10/ 2009-
            10 dated November 27, 2009 wherein it was advised ';to provide banking services through a
             banking outlet in every village having a population of over 2,000, by March 2011';, it is advised
             that the date of providing banking services through a banking outlet in every village having a
             population of over 2,000, is revised to March 2012. However, March 2011 may be considered as an
             intermediate target

Network Activity

Completed Queries

Microfinance Services for Agricultural Value from Prasun Kumar Das, School of Rural
Management, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar (Experiences; Examples), Issued 14 September
2010. Cross posted with Work and Employment Community
Available at
             Seeks inputs on adopting and financing ‘Agricultural Value Chain Business models’ by various
             financial institutions and the case studies on mapping value chains of non staple crops

Previous Updates

Microfinance Community Update # 43; Issued 22 September 2010
Microfinance Community Update #42; Issued 19 August 2010
Microfinance Community Update # 41; Issued 28 July 2010
Microfinance Community Update #40; Issued 1 July 2010
Microfinance Community Update # 39; Issued 21 May 2010
Microfinance Community Update # 38; Issued 21 April 2010
Microfinance Community Update #37; Issued 23 February 2010
Microfinance Community Update #36; Issued 28 January 2010
Microfinance Community Update #35; Issued 22 December 2009
Microfinance Community Update #34; Issued 30 November 2009
Microfinance Community Update #33; Issued 30 October 2009
Microfinance Community Update #32; Issued 24 September 2009
Microfinance Community Update #31; Issued 26 August 2009
Microfinance Community Update #30; Issued 28 July 2009
Microfinance Community Update # 29; Issued 23 June 2009
Microfinance Community Update # 28; Issued 22 May 2009
Microfinance Community Update # 27; Issued 21 April 2009
Microfinance Community Update # 26; Issued 19 March 2009
Microfinance Community Update #25; Issued 24 February 2009
Microfinance Community Update #24; Issued 20 January 2009
Microfinance Community Update #23; Issued 19 December 2008
Microfinance Community Update #22; Issued 21 November 2008
Microfinance Community Update #21; Issued 27 October 2008
Microfinance Community Update #20; Issued 17 September 2008
Microfinance Community Update #19; Issued 12 August 2008
Microfinance Community Update # 18; Issued 28 July 2008
Microfinance Community Update #17 ; Issued 10 June 2008
Microfinance Community Update #16; Issued 10 May 2008
Microfinance Community Update #15; Issued 8 April 2008
Microfinance Community Update #14; Issued 6 March 2008
Microfinance Community Update #13; Issued 6 February 2008
Microfinance Community Update #12; Issued 10 January 2008
Microfinance Community Update #11; Issued 10 December 2007
Microfinance Community Update #10; Issued 14 November 2007
Microfinance Community Update #9; Issued 7 September 2007
Microfinance Community Update #8; Issued 10 August 2007
Microfinance Community Update #7; Issued 12 July 2007
Microfinance Community Update #6; Issued 13 June 2007
Microfinance Community Update #5; Issued 14 May 2007
Microfinance Community Update #4; Issued 12 April 2007
Microfinance Community Update #3; Issued 15 March 2007
Microfinance Community Update #2; Issued 13 February 2007
Microfinance Community Update #1; Issued 9 January 2007

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