The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, CGAP
Organisation general information
Organisation name: 
The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, CGAP
Founding year: 
United States
Total number of staff: 
Resources dedicated to microfinance: 
Percentage of microfinance activities: 
Type of organisation: 
Non profit
Global research and knowledge centre
Organisation's contact person
Contact person: 
Karina Brons Nielsen
Headquarters, 900 19th St NW
DC 20006
United States
+33 (1) 4069 3274
Organisation summary

CGAP (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. CGAP’s mission is to improve the lives of poor people by spurring innovations and advancing knowledge and solutions that promote responsible, sustainable, inclusive financial markets.

CGAP’s priority areas for the current five year period 2014-2018 are:

  1. Understanding demand to effectively deliver for the poor
  2. Advancing financial innovation for smallholder families
  3. Developing robust country-level provider ecosystems
  4. Building an enabling & protective policy environment globally
  5. Promoting effective & responsible funding for financial inclusion

Our European address:

CGAP c/o The World Bank

66, Avenue d’Iéna

75116 Paris, France

Type of intervention: 
  • Subsidies / donations in money
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. technical assistance/capacity building, evaluation)
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. research / information dissemination)
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. policy advice / development / lobby)
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. networking/ donor / coordination)
Countries of intervention: 
Programmes open to all regions.
Areas of intervention: 
  • Macro level: Prudential regulation, Supervision, Interest rates and rate caps, Client protection, Supporting networks and associations, Strengthening national/regional microfinance support sector, Capacity building (focused on all MFIs), Non-prudential regulation
  • Intermediate level: Rural finance, Microfinance investment vehicules, Social impact/performance, Youth, Ultra poor programs
  • Micro level: Capital/equity investments, Financial product development and innovation, Delivery models (group, indiv.), Performance (financial and social), Management information systems
  • Other themes: Impact and performances studies, Sector mapping, Evaluation
Main competences: 

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Please indicate any innovations in your microfinance program planned for the coming year: 

Focus on client needs, in particular of agriculture income dependent households.

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