What is a Microfinance Institution (MFI)?

2009 MIX Global 100 Composite ranking of microfinance institutons

2008 MIX Global 100 Composite ranking of microfinance institutions

The World’s Top 50 Microfinance Institutions (Forbes, 2007)


Risk Management in Microfinance

Weathering the Storm: Hazards, Beacons, and Life Rafts.    Lessons in Microfinance Crisis Survival from Those Who Have Been There.  Outlines systemic fraud, as well as governance, political, regulatory and financial risks by focusing on case studies.

Asset and Liability Management for Deposit-Taking Institutions.  Focus on balance sheet to manage risks of microfinance institutions.

Principles of Risk Management in Microfinance.  Outlines three general principles: shared responsibility among MFIs, Investors, and donors; measuring risk is central part of measuring performance; and comprehensive approach to managing balance sheet risks.

Risk Management Handbook.  While MFIs cannot eliminate their exposure to risks, through an effective risk management process, they can significantly reduce their vulnerability. This handbook is intended to foster
good management and accountability.

Managing Microfinance Risks: Some Observations and Suggestions.  This paper briefly outlines the different categories of risks that MFIs face and discusses what type of risks are becoming more important, why there is greater need for risk management now, and outlines some principles for risk management in microfinance.  The main objective is to advance the discussions related to microfinance.