Consultative Group to Assist Poor (CGAP)
The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor is a global partnership of 34 leading organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion. CGAP develops innovative solutions through practical research and active engagement with financial service providers, policy makers, and funders to enable approaches at scale. Housed at the World Bank, CGAP combines a pragmatic approach to responsible market development with an evidence-based advocacy platform to increase access to the financial services the poor need to improve their lives.
THE MICROFINANCE GATEWAY
The Microfinance Gateway is the global resource on financial inclusion.
Since 2000, CGAP’s Microfinance Gateway has been a valuable resource for individuals and organizations working to advance financial inclusion for the world’s poor. The Microfinance Gateway is the most comprehensive online resource for the microfinance industry. It includes research and publications, specialized resource centres, organization and consultant profiles, and the latest news, events, and job opportunities in microfinance.
The Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP) Network
The Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP) Network is a membership association of over 50 North American organizations that support micro and small enterprise development programmes around the world.
Banking with the Poor Network (B.W.T.P)
The Banking with the Poor Network (BWTP) is Asia’s microfinance network that works towards building efficient, large-scale sustainable organisations, through cooperation, training and capacity building with the aim of achieving innovative, appropriate and demand-driven financial services for the poor. The Network is an association of a diverse range of microfinance stakeholders committed to improving the quality of life of the poor through promoting and facilitating their access to sustainable financial services.
THE Mix MARKET
MIX Market is a data hub where microfinance institutions (MFIs) and supporting organizations share institutional data to broaden transparency and market insight. This exchange enables users to establish reporting standards, alleviate reporting burden, and promote responsible investment. Supported by validated social and financial performance data, MIX Market provides analysis on risks and opportunities in the markets where MFIs operate.
This platform is provided by MIX. MIX promotes responsible financial services for underserved communities through data analytics and market insight. Incorporated in 2002, MIX is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC with regional offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
The Smart Campaign – Keeping Clients First in Microfinance
The Smart Campaign is a global effort to unite microfinance leaders around a common goal: to keep clients as the driving force of the industry.
To help the microfinance industry remain both socially focused and financially sound, The Smart Campaign is working with microfinance leaders from around the world to provide microfinance institutions with the tools and resources they need to deliver transparent, respectful, and prudent financial services to all clients. By putting clients first and collaborating together, we can strengthen the microfinance industry and elevate it as a model of responsible banking around the world.
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP)
As a central bank, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is very active and involved in microfinance. It promotes market development for microfinance while also assuming the traditional functions of financial regulator. In addition, the SBP also provides guidelines for branchless banking operations
The SBP has also established a consultative group for microfinance as a platform for consulting key players in the sector on policy matters. The members include SBP, the Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN), Khushhalibank Limited, the First Microfinance Bank Ltd. (FMFB), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the ministries of Finance, Women Development, Social Welfare and Special Education.
THE Reserve Bank of India
The Reserve Bank of India was established on April 1, 1935 in accordance with the provisions of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.
The Central Office of the Reserve Bank was initially established in Calcutta but was permanently moved to Mumbai in 1937. The Central Office is where the Governor sits and where policies are formulated.
Though originally privately owned, since nationalisation in 1949, the Reserve Bank is fully owned by the Government of India.
THE Nepal Rastra Bank – Central Bank of Nepal
NRB, the central bank of Nepal, established in 1956 under the Nepal Rastra Bank Act 1955 is the monetary, regulatory and supervisory authority of banks and financial institutions. The new Nepal Rastra Bank Act 2002 which replaces the erstwhile Act has ensured operational autonomy and independence to the Bank. Key objectives of the Bank are to achieve price and balance of payments stability, manage liquidity and ensure financial stability, develop a sound payments system, and promote financial services. The Board of Directors, chaired by the Governor, is the apex body of policy making and the Governor also discharges his duty as the chief executive of the Bank. Information about the NRB including its policies, functions and activities can be accessed through the menu at the left.
THE Central Bank of SRI LANKA
Established in 1950 under the Monetary Law Act No.58 of 1949 (MLA), the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) is the apex institution in the financial sector in Sri Lanka. It is a semi-autonomous body and, following the amendments to the MLA in December 2002, is governed by a five member Monetary Board, comprising the Governor of the CBSL as Chairman, the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Planning and three members appointed by the President of Sri Lanka, on the recommendation of the Minister of Finance, with the concurrence of the Constitutional Council.
THE Bangladesh Bank
Bangladesh Bank, the central bank and apex regulatory body for the country’s monetary and financial system, was established in Dhaka as a body corporate vide the Bangladesh Bank Order, 1972 (P.O. No. 127 of 1972) with effect from 16th December, 1971. At present it has ten offices located at Motijheel, Sadarghat, Chittagong, Khulna, Bogra, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Barisal, Rangpur and Mymensingh in Bangladesh; total manpower stood at 5807 (officials 3981, subordinate staff 1826) as on March 31, 2015.
Da Afghanistan Bank – Central Bank of Afghanistan
Da Afghanistan Bank was established in capital Kabul with initial asset of 120 million Afghanis, which, with its defined authorities and responsibilities, was able to set up its branches and subsidiaries inside and outside the country.
The vision of Da Afghanistan Bank is that of a monetary institution which upholds international best practice in fostering price stability and a sound financial system conducive to macro-economic stability, favourable investment climate, private sector development and broad-based economic growth.