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					     Deutsches Mikrofinanz Institut

Copie - Learning Network

Widening the (German)
Microfinance Paradigm

       Brigitte Maas
               Deutsches Mikrofinanz Institut

The Background of Copie 1
With help from the EU Initiative EQUAL
Germanies Micro Finance Sector

 developed a structure (trade union
 and network of microfinance instituions)

  developed a risk fund for mfi
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The Background of Copie 2
German Micro Finance Sector is

 relatively young – compared to other
 EU countries (e.g. France, Uk)

 not widely enough diversified
 (clients, methodologies, microfinance agencies)
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The Challenge
After 2 ½ years experience in lending the extent
of improvement becomes obvious in

And sucessful microfinance strategies and cases in
other EU countries have been identified to learn from.
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The Strategies and Cases to learn

 strategy 1:
 improvement of micro-enterprise lending systems

 strategy 2: pure micro-lending
 experience with very small loans and huge quantities

 strategy 3: self-help micro-finance incl. group lending
 microlending programmes, which build up on
 dezentralized forms of micro-lending
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The Strategies and Cases to learn
 strategy 4: saving based micro-finance (or similar)
 forms of micro-finance to reduce fear of potential
 clients to apply for a loan f.e. through pre-saving

 strategy 5: multiple-service programmes
 micro-finance as one component of a service
 package for business starter's and SME
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The Methodology
 Taking more detailed stock of what is not working
 well in our own practice (raising core questions)
 Inviting international experts (with regard to strategy
 1-5) that German MFI‘s get first taste of strategy
 Prepatory study visits by German "Microfinance
 Scouts„ to draw up expert's reports for MF
 practitioner‘s in Germany with regard to strategy 1- 5
 Organizing national knowledge transfer workshops
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The Methodology
 Documentation of „lessons learned“ in practitioners

 Organizing group study visits for interested
 microlending practioner's (selected strategies)

 Organizing mainstreaming conferences
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The Partners
 ESF stakeholders as funders and promoters

 microfinance institutions (national / transnational)
 as operational partners

 local, regional, national and European institutions
 as mainstreaming partners

 National and European networks as prospective
 strategic and operational partners (f.e. EMN!)
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Thank you very much
for your attention!


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