Networking support

Project objectives
To develop managerial skills of microfinance institutions and professional associations

Intervention areas
Africa, Central America, South-East Asia

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Strengthening microfinance networks and professional associations

MFI networks and professional associations play a key role in the development and professionalization of the microfinance sector. As a result of their capacity to mobilise a large number of microfinance institutions and to engage in dialogue with the authorities, they represent a powerful instrument which may be used to develop inclusive finance services.

By working with networks of MFIs and professional associations, we are able to multiply the impact of our actions. The networks act as intermediaries and are the contact points for the MFIs, as well as the authorities and the regulatory bodies.   

The networks generate an invaluable leverage effect: the training and expertise provided to a network are then passed on to all of the member MFIs. The networks are also able to centralise the difficulties encountered by their MFIs in order to bring them to the attention of the regulatory authorities in their country,

The professional associations and the networks are capable of covering a broad field of action, which is essential for the good development of the sector:

  • Information: centralise and disseminate information and good practices to MFIs and the regulatory authorities.
  • Representation: undertake advocacy activities in order to influence legislation. Encourage the MFIs to become members of a professional association.  
  • Services: provide specific training for MFIs, encourage transparency and facilitate reporting to the authorities.
  • Financing: seek out donors and coordinate the interventions of the various development cooperation actors.

The final idea behind our support to networks is the transfer of skills to a local actor which is then capable of passing on the knowledge to all of the stakeholders concerned.


We work with several networks throughout the world

in Central America and the Dominican Republic


with REDCAMIF, a regional network which brings together the national networks of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic.


in South-East Asia

  • in Cambodia with the Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA);
  • in Laos with the Lao Microfinance Association (LMFA);
  • in Vietnam with the Vietnam Microfinance Working Group (VMFWG);
  • in the Philippines with the MCPI (Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc.) network, with which we are currently developing a green energy project in the Philippines;
  • in Myanmar, by supporting the Myanmar Microfinance Association network.


in Africa

with the MAIN (Microfinance African Institutions Network) network, which was created at the initiative of several institutions which have lengthy experience in microfinance and the promotion of micro-enterprises in Africa.

with Tanzania Association of Microfinance Institutions (TAMFI)a national network of Microfinance Institutions in Tanzania that was established in 2001 as a nongovernmental organization (not for profit). TAMFI works to strengthen Tanzania’s microfinance sector by promoting cooperation and collaboration among its member organizations, providing trainings as well as conducting research and advocacy. TAMFI provides a platform for all microfinance stakeholders (institutions) which allows them to meet, discuss, dialogue, present, argue, voice their concerns and interests, network and collaborate for the purpose of developing the microfinance sector in the country.


with the CIF-VIE (Confédération des Institutions Financières), which is a network of West African cooperatives. We support CIF-VIE in its efforts to develop the micro-insurance sector in West Africa. The first micro-insurance company was created in 2007 in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.




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