SP Initiatives

A number of complementary social performance initiatives are active. For a full market map and a description of the initiatives, see the links below:

Below are links to the websites and brief descriptions of several of the more prominent social performance initiatives:

  • MFTransparency: Promotes transparent pricing standards and prices of microfinance products. Publishes interest rates and materials to increase understanding of pricing.
  • Microfinance Information eXChange (MIX): Collects and validates financial, operational, product, client, and social performance data from MFIs around the globe.  These data provide the basis for many of the benchmarks and standards that the industry is currently developing.
  • Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance (PIIF): These principles, designed by and for investors, prescribe how to expand poor and underserved people’s access to financial products in a way that protects client interest.  The principles fully incorporates the CPPs, but also set principles for behavior in other areas (e.g., range of services, environmental impact).
  • Smart Campaign: Developed and promotes seven client protection principles (CPP).  In the area of pricing, coordinates with the work of MFTransparency.
  • Truelift (formerly the pro-poor Seal of Excellence): Truelift is a trust mark in the microfinance sector and beyond to signify a commitment to positive and lasting change for poor people. Truelift focuses on effective data collection and tracking progress over time, and Truelift's Pro-Poor Principles are intended for any organization that identifies with a poverty focus, whether practitioner, network, donor or otherwise.

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