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Featured Commitments

These Campaign Commitments come from  dynamic and leading institutions and organizations from around the world who have declared here the ways they are committed to help 100 million families lift themselves out of extreme poverty and to thereby make a major step forward in ending poverty entirely by 2030.

They are an inspiration to others in the global movement to end poverty and we hope you will find here inspiration for stating your own Campaign Commitment to help reach the 100 million goal and end extreme poverty by 2030.

The possibilities for partnering are limitless and the work to be done takes shape in innumerable ways. It will take us all working together in specific ways, measuring our progress, and binding ourselves to real timelines for our actions. 

Join the Campaign to reach these goals. State your Commitment today.

To learn how, write to mycommitment@microcreditsummit.org

New Campaign Commitments!

 

 

Grameen Foundation commits to:

  • Grameen Foundation will release in 2014 a Global Use Report on the PPI outlining those known users of the PPI to date to broaden understanding about the types of organizations utilizing the PPI and the purposes to which they have put the tool.
  • Grameen Foundation will also publish by the end of 2014 one or more case studies deeply investigating the benefits, challenges, and outcomes seen by organizations that are using the PPI.
  • Grameen Foundation India with support from DFID will produce by the end of 2014 four Poverty Outreach Reports detailing use and trends in social performance that can be derived from data gathered using the PPI from Indian practitioners.

See Grameen Foundation's full commitment letter here.

 

AGFUND commits to:

  • Open an AGFUND bank in the Sudan by end of 2013, as well as open two new AGFUND banks by 2014 in Palestine and the Philippines, respectively.
  • Enhance the academic culture surrounding microfinance by setting up a microfinance degree in universities spanning 7 different Arab countries.
  • Double the beneficiaries in their arena by 2014 from 250,000 to 500,000.

See AGFUND's full commitment letter here.

 

 

BRAC Maendeleo Tanzania commits to:

  • Doubling by the end of 2014, the number of both clubs and participants in the ELA program from 180 clubs reaching 7,600 girls to 360 clubs reaching 14,800 girls.
  • Doubling the provision of financial support through the ELA program from 2,000 girls through $300,000 to 4,000 girls with $550,000.

See BRAC Maendeleo Tanzania's full commitment letter here.

 

Campaign Commitments announced at the 2013 Summit

 

 

Ahon sa Hirap (ASHI) commits:

  • To inspire the marginalized and enable them to rise above all forms of poverty. Our target outreach to the Poorest for 2014 will be 40,000 marginalized women.  We will do this through pursuing new and existing partnerships to deliver complete services to our clients using the Progress Out Poverty Index on movement of current members out poverty.
  • To create an environment that enhances empowerment of women and their families by launching in 2014, a Financial Literacy and Education Program in all of our branches and mainstreaming it at the center level.
  • ASHI will aim to achieve the Seal of Excellence by applying the lessons learned from the Microfinanza Social and Financial and Responsible Financial rating.  ASHI will continually work to implement the SMART Campaign Client Protection Principles. ASHI will also report social performance data using the CERISE SPI-4 social audit tool.

 

 
  • CDF will encourage and mobilize its MFI-members to use the Progress out of Poverty Index tool to measure client movement out of poverty over time, aiming to initially reach a total of 15 members by the end of 2014.
  • CDF will encourage and mobilize its MFI-members to use the Truelift Assessment Tool to guide efforts network wide, initially targeting that 15 institutions use the tool in 2014. 
  • Capacity building in conducting the assessment will be incorporated as segments into existing CDF trainings.
  • Collaborate with MRA  and PKSF to conduct capacity building training in implementing strategies for integrating health services into the microfinance programs of network members throughout 2014. CDF will strive to see such strategies implemented in at least 15 member institutions by the end of 2014. 

See CDF's full commitment letter here.

 

 
  • We will fully customize and then implement the Center’s Roadmap for Disability Inclusion for the Indian MFI Market with three MFI partners.
  • CFI will publish a series of disability inclusion tools and trainings, developed with our strategic partners Fundación Paraguaya and Handicap International, for use by MFIs around the world.
  • Produce and begin to disseminate a set of customized disability inclusion tools and trainings, derived from information developed with our partners, to mobilize other Indian MFIs to become disability inclusive institutions.

See CFI's full commitment letter here.

 

 

CYFI seeks to reach 100 million children and youth in 100 countries through inclusive financial services and financial education by 2015. To that end, CYFI will include the collection of client poverty measurement data from partners in our 2014 data collection procress.

Pursuant to CYFI's goal of reaching 100 million children and youth in 100 countries with inclusive financial services and economic citizenship education by 2015, CYFI will seek to establish 25 action plans for youth inclusivity with national government partners by the end of 2014.

See CYFI's full commitment letter here.

 

 

FINCA commits to:

  • Implement a social performance management system that will help FINCA target and develop financial services and products for the poor including the following steps:
    • Establishment of a Social Performance Audit Committee on the FINCA International Board of Directors.
    • Definition of social performance dimensions in the FINCA network and the identification and establishment of metrics in the FINCA reporting system.
    • Once definitions, metrics, and research and analysis are implemented, FINCA will manage its social performance with the same rigor as it manages its financial performance.

FINCA will continue to pilot financial inclusion projects that will target some of the poorest segments of the population who at this juncture are marginalized.

See FINCA's full committment letter here.

 

Freedom from Hunger and the Microcredit Summit Campaign, founding partners in the Health and Microfinance Alliance, commit to:

  • Secure funding to develop and test health program impact indicators by year end 2014 and sign up 10 partner organizations by 2015 to collect annually and report on poverty outreach plus health program impact indicators to the HMA
  • Reach 1,000,000 financial service providers' women clients with integrated financial and health services that can contribute to improved well-being for them and their families by year end 2015.

See HMA's full commitment letter here.

 

 

IGNITE will Convene by end of 2014 a community of practice comprised of organizations from across sectors, dedicated to exploring best practices, highlighting success stories, and new innovations in financial inclusion strategies and facilitating the replication of successful strategies around the world. 

And within a five-year program, IGNITE Forum will undertake:

  • Replicating best practice e-money innovations in at least three developing countries under an enabling regulatory environment and operating within the inclusive and social business framework,  
  • Getting to scale and realizing commercial traction with a 15% active user rate at a minimum complemented by a robust payments ecosystem, and
  • Achieving interoperability within and across deployments in at least three developing markets.

 

 

MCPI commits to achieve the following by the end of 2014:

  • We will have reached 3.5 million microfinance clients in the Philippines through our 54 network members in the Philippines.
  • We will have conducted and capacitated our members on social audit and client protection tools including standards on social performance management.
  • We will have increased the availability of information on value chain and client development models through case studies and discussion papers.

See MCPI's commitment letter here.

 

 
  • Encourage all affiliates to progress toward Smart Campaign certification and be on a pathway toward certification by the end of 2014.
  • We will motivate our affiliates to commit to pricing transparency and integrity by agreeing to publish their pricing data using standard methodologies, such as those developed by MicroFinance Transparency, in order to allow investors and clients to make informed decisions.
  • The working group will promote the Social Performance Task Force’s “Universal Standards for Social Performance Management” among our affiliates and commit to supporting their compliance.
  • We will share the research we each have done on outcomes with one another and with the industry and encourage our affiliates to report outcomes relevant to their goals and objectives.
  • The Working Group will encourage our affiliates to sign the Global Appeal for Responsible Microfinance as an outward symbol of their commitment to the principles embodied in the above initiatives.
  • We will encourage our affiliates’ equity investors to promote the same five initiatives by including them as criteria for investment and our affiliates’ lenders to encourage the adoption of comfort letters also promoting the same five initiatives.

See MCWG's full commitment letter here.

 

Jointly, the Microfinance Informationa Exchange and the Microcredit Summit Campaing commit to:

  • Develop and launch with the Microcredit Summit Campaign, by 2014, a phased plan to leverage the MIX reporting platform, MIX Report Express, to create a more comprehensive industry dataset, including key indicators about poverty and change in client-level poverty over time.
  • Utilizing the combined data set developed with the Microcredit Summit Campaign by end of 2014, create a research agenda to be pursued through joint, annual reports on key whole-industry, regional, and sub-regional level questions.
  • Together with the Microcredit Summit Campaign, support adoption of standardized poverty reporting through the MIX Gold Community of funders and other data requestors, through an agenda that targets practices that facilitate easier reporting and more accurate data, such as through a standard poverty data desk review.

See MIX's full commitment letter here.

 

 

Opportunity International commits to:

  • Understanding and reporting clients’ poverty status and changes in clients’ poverty status over time.  We will do this Network-wide by the end of 2014 through use of robust client survey tools – including the Progress out of Poverty Index where available.
  • Improving the provision of education to 275,000 children through SME lending to schools by the end of 2014.
  • Delivering over 100,000 rural loans to smallholder farmers in Africa expanding our outreach to from five to eight African countries while simultaneously expanding Opportunity’s rural savings programs to $25M by the end of 2014.

See Opportunity International's full commitment letter here.

 

 

PKSF has also planned to provide health care services to 1.13 million poor people through its 43 partner organizations in 2014.

  • PKSF will implement Result Based Monitoring (RBM) for all its microcredit programs to monitor employment generation, poverty reduction and asset creation from its Partner Organizations.
  • PKSF will adopt the Truelift Assessment Tool with its RBM system to guide efforts in 2014 for consolidating and strengthening efforts to assess outcome of poverty reduction programs of its Partner Organizations.

See PKSF's full commitment letter here.

 

 

SEEP will help facilitate better understanding of good practice and interpretation of outcomes through completing and publishing a report, synthesizing results from recent Random Control Trial studies evaluating microfinance programs, and by working to institutionalize SEEP's Research Roundtables by sustaining a learning agenda around research and assessment methodologies.

See SEEP's full commitment letter here.

 

 

The Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) commits to:

  • Creating and publishing a technical guide to accompany the Universal Standards for Social Performance Management.
  • Collaborate with CERISE on the (SPI)-4, and help at least 10 MFIs from each region of the world to use this tool in calendar year 2014.
  • Work with the Responsible Inclusive Finance Working Group in 2014 to
    • Produce a common data collection tool and data exchange platform and to
    • Conduct industry mapping of technical assistance providers.

See SPTF's full commitment letter here.

 

 

VisionFund is committed to improving the lives of children living in poverty. To ensure we are reaching the intended families, VisionFund is rolling out the PPI across our global network. By the end of 2014, we plan to have implemented the PPI in 21 of our network MFIs.  

We not only want to ensure we are reaching the intended families and providing needed services, but that we are also implementing other important areas of social performance such as client protection. All of our network microfinance institutions have endorsed the Smart Campaign and all have taken the Smart Campaign self-assessment. We have built these principles and practices (and most of the Universal Standards) into our operations policies, and have included key areas in staff training and audit programs.

See VisionFund's full commitment letter here.

 

 

WSBI will futher deepen understanding about youth markets to better identify successful strategies for inclusive financial products and services focusing on 4 key areas - usability, affordability, accessibility and sustainability - seeking to publish at least a preliminary outcomes summary by the end of 2014.

Additionally, WSBI will hold with partners and member banks at least three learning events during 2014 to share knowledge about appropriate pricing research conducted in Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Morocco, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam and the implications of this research on successfully implementing savings products for the poor.

See WSBI's full commitment letter here.

 

 

 

By the end of 2018: Create a global social business sector serving at least 100 million poor, and providing jobs and for at least 10 million households.

In just over one year, by the end of 2014:

  • Help create, finance and expand more than 50 social businesses in at least 20 countries world-wide.
  • Create Social Business Incubator Funds, and other structures, in at least 8 countries: Albania, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, India, Tunisia and Uganda
  • Social businesses in Bangladesh will serve at least 2 million households, and employ at least 20,000 households.

Collect and publish, relevant social-impact data for all social businesses.

See Yunus Centre's full commitment letter here.