Making Microfinance Investment Responsible
14.11.12 MIR Action Group meeting during European Microfinance Week 2012
A collective research effort to deepen knowledge of the relashionship between financial and social performance: Presentation of preliminar findings concerning the influence of client protection on the efficiency and portfolio quality of MFIs.
Members of the MIR Action Group have independent datasets acquired using different collection procedures and coming from diverse MFIs. The analysis of these datasets has been conducted separatly, with disparate methods and research questions. Based on discussions at the SPTF level, UNPRI level and at the e-MFP level, members of the group will combine their knowledge and datasets in order to conduct a compared analysis which involves:
- Mapping the research questions on the potential synergies and tarde-offs between social and financial performance
- Verifying available information in the datasets
- Identifying the statistical methods to test the hypotheses
- Validating the analysis on existing studies on the different datasets and when necesarry running new analysis
- Consolidating the results to draw some operational conclusions on the way to manage social and financial performance
- Identifying new research perspectives
The databases: Cerise (SPI tool) - Oikocredit (ESG scorecard) - Incofin (ECHOS) - Microfinanza Rating (Social and Financial Ratings) - Planet Rating (Socila and Financial Ratings) - M-CRIL - Microrate - Blue Orchard (SPIRIT) - Triple Jump (SPA) - MIX (Social Data)
The research agenda is coordinated by Cerise in cooperation with e-MFP Secretariat and a research team at St. Andrews Univerty.