by: Manfred Zeller, Carla Henry, Cecile Lapenu, Manohar Sharma
The Microfinance Poverty Assessment Tool was developed as a
much-needed tool to increase transparency on the depth of outreach of
microfinance institutions (MFIs). It is intended to assist donors and
investors to integrate a poverty focus into their appraisals and
funding of financial institutions through a more precise understanding
of the clients served by these institutions. Used in conjunction with
an institutional appraisal of financial sustainability, governance,
management, staff and systems, a poverty assessment allows for a more
holistic understanding of an MFI.
The Tool provides accurate data on the poverty levels of MFI
clients relative to people living in the same community. It uses a more
standardized, globally applicable, and rigorous set of indicators than
those used by conventional microfinance targeting tools. The tool
employs principal component analysis to construct a multidimensional
poverty index that allows the poverty outreach of MFIs to be compared
within and across countries. Originally field tested in four countries
on three continents, it has subsequently been applied by microfinance
donors and MFI networks in numerous other countries.
Although the Microfinance Poverty Assessment Tool was
designed for microfinance, it can also be used to measure the poverty
levels of clients of other development programs.
- Shipping Weight: 1.44 lbs (0.65 kgs)
Customers who bought this title also purchased...