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MFA - Lao Microfinance Association

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Microfinance Dictionary English-Lao .Download PDF

Commissioned and funded by the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ), this dictionary was inspired by a prior publication entitled “Microfinance Terminology in Lao” published by NERI (National Economic Research Institute) and Concern Worldwide in 2005. In late 2009 GIZ began the process of reviewing, updating and expanding this original version with the result of creating a new and significantly increased document to about twice its original size. This intermediate dictionary was then peer-reviewed and approved by a specifically appointed dictionary committee which comprised members of the National University of Laos, the Bank of Laos, the Microfinance Working Group, and a private Microfinance Institution in Vientiane. This dictionary is a useful reference guide for microfinance practitioners and microfinance stakeholders in Lao PDR.

ILO Handbook & Ledger Guide on Village Banking in Lao PDR Download zip

The Village Banking in Lao PDR materials are practical tools for strengthening village banks as a means of giving poor women and men in rural and often remote areas access to much needed financial services, social empowerment and a higher quality of life. The materials are based on the village banking methodology the ILO has implemented in Lao PDR in close collaboration with the Lao Community Sustainable Development Promotion Association. The materials consist of a Handbook for Village Bank Management Committees and Support Organizations and a Ledger Guide.

Format for Appraisal of Network Support Organizations A Technical Guide Download

This appraisal format has been developed by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) as a guide to evaluating network support organizations (NSOs) in microfinance. It is designed for both comprehensive appraisals as well as “mini” evaluations that use a particular section of the format to analyze a specific aspect of an NSO. For a full appraisal, this format will help an analyst assess (1) how well an NSO’s mission fits a funder’s strategic priorities, (2) the degree to which an NSO is an efficient and well-run organization, (3) the quality of NSO services and their relevance to partners, and (4) an NSO’s contribution to the broader microfinance industry.

The NSO appraisal guide was released in October 2004 as a draft, and reviewer comments were considered in the development of this final version.

The STAR Tool: Analyzing Funders’ Effectiveness and Defining Comparative Advantage
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The STAR tool is a self-assessment mechanism that helps funders of microfinance evaluate their effectiveness. It allows funders to identify their strengths and weaknesses in order to improve the way they work, coordinate more effectively, and achieve a better division of labour. The STAR tool facilitates such honest discussions among groups of funders and helps kick-off a self-reflection process that examines the effectiveness of their support to microfinance. Ultimately, the STAR tool stimulates funders to take concrete actions that will improve the way they work, both individually and as a funder community. This document is CGAP developed and supported tool.

 
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