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                              The SEEP Connector

Letter from the Executive Director:
Dear Members & Friends,
SEEP regards communication and information sharing as one of the most important aspects of its
mission. With the speed of changing developments we want a more time efficient way to
communicate with our members. The Connector will help update everyone on recent events,
research and other learning opportunities at SEEP. Articles, ideas and suggestions are always
welcome.
                                                                         My Warmest Regards,
                                                                         Dana de Kanter


             The SEEP Network’s Annual General Meeting
                    MED & Millennial Development Goals
                               October 20-24, 2003
More information will be available at the SEEP Network website.
Keep posted at www.seepnetwork.org

Working Group Updates

Working Group Statistics:
Of the 53 member organizations we have 131 individuals participating in action research through
the working groups. Current SEEP working groups include: Business Development Services,
Poverty Assessment, Clients Impact, HIV/AIDS and MED, Financial Services, and the Consumer
Protection Task Force.

 Working Group Highlights:
Business Development Services (BDSWG)
The focus of the BDS working group is to keep BDS services oriented to the goal of poverty
alleviation. Major topics of discussion include market access, input supply, technology and
productivity, infrastructure, policy advocacy and finance. See the BDS guide for information on
current issues, services and resources. http://www.seepnetwork.org/bdsguide.html

Poverty Assessment (PAWG)
PAWG held a joint meeting with the Client Impact and the BDS working groups in May to
discuss the development of Poverty Assessment tools. From SEEP’s membership FINCA,
Opportunity International, ACCION, Freedom from Hunger all presented work completed and
developed a future work plan.

A current product underway is a Poverty Assessment Primer. The purpose of the primer will serve
as an introduction to the issue.

Client Impact (CIWG)
In May, a presentation was made on year-two of Imp-Act findings (13 MFIs SEEP is tracking
over a 3-year period) in South Africa. Next steps include plans to complete a summary and
analysis of Imp-Act questionnaires, design and coordinate a global workshop. The research will
result in a series of short technical notes and a monograph.

 HIV/AIDS and MED (HAMED)
HAMED has organized activity teams around the following topics to explore, discuss and
complete products and resources developed in the first two quarters for distribution on the
website include an annotated bibliography of readings, tools and listserves relating to HIV/AIDS
and MED.

Products in process include a database of possible interventions, redesigning the working group
webpage, HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy guidelines and guidelines for cross-sectoral partnerships.

Financial Services (FSWG)
A FSWG meeting was held June 16, 2003 at SEEP. The working group completed a Technical
Note under SEEP’s new Progress series titled: How do International Networks Manage Grants,
Investments, and Loans to Their Partners and Affiliates? www.seepnetwork.org

Consumer Protection Task Force (CPTF)
CPTF completed the technical note Trust Through Transparency: Applicability of Consumer
Protection Self-Regulation to Microfinance and developed “The Consumer Protection Code of
Practice Template and Discussion Guide.” The Discussion Guide has been translated into
Spanish and French and is available at: http://www.seepnetwork.org/codeofpractice.html

CPTF facilitated a workshop on developing a Code of Practice for Consumer Protection at the
MFC Conference in Moscow, Russia (May 22-24, 2003). Before the October Annual meeting,
CPTF plans to finalize a facilitator’s guide for developing a Code of Practice.

Technical Assistance (TAWG)
TAWG completed the second edition of, The 7Cs for Improving Technical Service Delivery to
Microfinance Institutions. The second edition provides a format more conducive to classroom
study and a valuable review chapter. The new chapter uses real life examples from the field to
illustrate the 7C’s.

Training Courses and Workshops

Consumer Protection Workshop, April 2003, Washington, DC
A panel discussion on the issue of consumer protection was held as a recent of the recent
publication of Trust Through Transparency.

BDS Training Course 2003
State of the Art in BDS was held June 2-7, 2003 in Washington DC. The course was at full
capacity with 30 participants from 18 countries.
         “If you want to make a difference in the life of the poor, not only attend,
          but embrace the concepts and principles.”
                                                          BDS Workshop Participant

Following the course on BDS, a BDS Training of Trainers was held, June 9-14, 2003, in
Washington, DC. Thirteen practitioners from 10 countries participated. BDS Practitioners
developed practical training skills. Similar regional trainings will take place and we will keep
you posted on dates and locations.
                                                                                    BDS TOT
                                                                                    Participants.
                                                                                    June 2003.
                                                                                    Washington, DC




Front Row: Elchin Alimardanov (Azerbaijan), Nguyen Phuong Thao (Vietnam), Mary McVay
(Facilitator),
Back Row: Bhim Sen Gurung (Nepal), Ceceila Rivera (Peru), Mrinal Sircar (Bangladesh), Enoth
Mbeine (Uganda), Fiona Macauley (USA), Rajiv Pradhan (Nepal), Agatha Johnson (USA), Niraj
Subrat (India), Pierre Trembley (Canada)

Publications




To purchase SEEP publications go to the SEEP bookstore at: www.seepnetwork.org

Recently Published

      The SEEP Network Statistical Directory of Members 2003
       A product of the SEEP Network

      The 7 Cs for Improving Technical Service Delivery to Microfinance Institutions (2003)
       Second Edition
       A product of the Technical Assistance Working Group
       Edited by: Ruth Goodwin-Groen

      Trust Through Transparency – Edited by Patrick McAllister. (2003)
       A product of the Consumer Protection Task Force.
      New Directions in Poverty Finance – Village Banking Revisited (2002)
       A product of the Poverty Lending Working Group
       Edited By: Craig Churchill, Madeline Hirschland, Judith Painter

    Free Publications
   Progress Series: Upcoming brief publications include:
        How do International Networks Manage Grants, Investments, and Loans to Their
        Partners and Affiliates? (June 2003) www.seepnetwork.org/
   Global Directory of Regional and Country Level Microenterprise Networks(2003)
        A product of the NDS Program– http://www.seepnetwork.org/SEEPGlobalDirectory.pdf
   The PLP July Newsletter
        http://www.seepnetwork.org/FINALPLP%20NEWS%20July%202003.pdf
   PLP April Newsletter: http://www.seepnetwork.org/Apr2003-Final.pdf
   PLP January Newsletter: http://www.seepnetwork.org/PLPNews1-1-REV.pdf

      Definitions of Selected Financial Terms, Ratios, and Adjustments for Microfinance
                (2002)
                A product of CGAP, The SEEP Network, USAID and other organizations.
                http://www.seepnetwork.org/definitions.doc
      Financial Performance Monitoring: A Guide for Board Members of Microfinance
       Institutions      (2001)
                A product of The Financial Services Working Group
                Edited by Till Bruett & Nancy Natilson
                http://www.seepnetwork.org/SEEPFinancialManual.doc
      Business Development Services for Small Enterprises: Guiding Principles for Donor
       Intervention      (2001)
                By: Secretariat SME Dept. World Bank Group
                http://www.ilo.org/public/english/employment/ent/papers/guide.htm
      Poverty Lending, Financial Self-Sufficiency and the Six Aspects of Outreach (2001)
                A product of The Poverty Lending Working Group
                Edited by Gary Woller
                http://www.seepnetwork.org/sustainability,woller.doc
      BDS Guide to Business Development Services and Resources
                A product of the BDS Working Group.
                Edited by Mary McVay
                http://www.seepnetwork.org/bdsguide.html
      Performance Monitoring Systems Project (2000)
                A Product of the Financial Services Working Group
                Edited by: Warren Brown, Tony Sheldon, and Charles Waterfield
                http://seepnetwork.org/fswg.html
Practitioner Learning Program -- Request for Applications
Improving Efficiency – Maximizing Human and Physical Resources
Deadline for Applications: August 12, 2003
http://www.seepnetwork.org/SEEPPLPRFA.doc
The Practitioner Learning Program (PLP) "Improving Efficiency – Maximizing Human and
Physical Resources" seeks to support the cutting-edge strategies, tools, and technologies of
microfinance institutions to maximize the efficient use of existing human and physical resources,
focusing on low-technology solutions to increase staff productivity, decrease personnel or
administrative costs, and increase outreach and client retention.

The PLP will make 4 to 6 grants. Grant sizes will range from $50,000 to $100,000. Grant
activities can be for up to two years. Grant recipients will form a learning network to share
experiences and findings.

SEEP Management
       Audited financial statement is now available.

       In February 2003, The SEEP Network hired a new Executive Assistant. Camrin
Emmons-White. Camrin completed a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies at the
Monterey Institute of International Studies. Her area of expertise is Russia, Eastern Europe and
Central Asia and she is proficient in Russian. Her most recent position was as Administrative
Director of the James Renwick Alliance, a small nonprofit that focus on advancing scholarship,
education, and appreciation for American crafts.
    Member Spotlight
Foundation for International Training (FIT)
Mission: To further social and economic progress in developing countries by strengthening
human capabilities.
What we do: FIT addresses local needs through programs that build the capacity of local
institutions-whether voluntary, private, or public- to strengthen human resources for
development. This mission is predicated on the conviction that indigenous people - their
institutions, skills, and capabilities- are the most critical resources for development.
Where we work: We have worked in 60 Countries all over the world. We now have major
programs in five countries.
 Microenterprise Program: FIT is a mutisectoral organization that recognizes microenterprise
development is an important component to reach the organization overall development goals. FIT
has a very strong program and one of their most successful is in Egypt. Over the last 10 years
FIT and a local nonprofit, El Mobadara, have created a successful micro and small enterprise
program that is focused on poverty reduction and employment creation. FIT works with local
institutions to create culturally and socially appropriate programs that address the needs of the
local community. Within microenterprise development FIT focuses on institutional capacity
building, good governance, job creation, social protection, business development services, gender
equality, the environment, child protection, and information and communication technology. We
also work with local policy makers to promote a more SME-friendly enabling environment.

SEEP Working Group Participation: Business Development Services

Why is SEEP important to your organization?
SEEP provides us with a forum to share our experiences with other like-minded institutions and
also to gain from recent knowledge and innovation in the microfinance/microenterprise field.
Our programs are constantly evolving to meet changing conditions and we are always eager to
put new approaches and methodologies to work in the field and share the outcomes and lessons
learned with our SEEP Member Colleagues.




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                                   Contact Information:
                          Mazen Bouri –SEEP Official Representative
                               e-mail: e-mail: mazen@ffit.org
                                  Markham, ON, Canada
                                     Web: www.ffit.org

				
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