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 is a global partnership of more than 30 leading development organizations that works to advance the lives of poor people, especially women, through financial inclusion. Using action-oriented research, we test, learn and share knowledge intended to help build inclusive and responsible financial systems that enable poor people to capture economic opportunities, access essential services, and build resilience, including in the context of climate change. We research and experiment to establish proofs of concept and extract actionable insights that help our partners implement solutions in the marketplace and take them to scale. In short, we influence through evidence. By doing so, we hope toadvance broader development goals and contribute to more prosperous, equal, resilient, sustainable economies and societies.

CGAP’s objective is to foster inclusive financial services that enable poor people, especially women, to use financial solutions that are relevant to their needs and that enable them to capture opportunities and build resilience. This includes:

  • Supporting the development of infrastructure that enables a ubiquitous, open, safe, equitable, effective, and competitive market
  • Informing policy and regulatory frameworks for responsible financial inclusion that are effectively and equitably enforced
  • Supporting providers to offer affordable, relevant, responsible, equitable, accessible, robust/sustainable financial solutions to poor people, especially women.
  • Improving the extent to which poor people have relevant information, incentives, trust, capability, and networks to participate in the financial system.
  • Influencing funders in effective financial inclusion interventions and scaling impact.
Type of intervention: 
  • 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: Supervision, Client protection, Supporting networks and associations, Capacity building (focused on all MFIs), Non-prudential regulation, Digitization of MFIs
  • Intermediate level: Rural finance, Post-conflict/disaster microfinance, Environmental microfinance, Gender, Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) Finance
  • Micro level: Interventions focused on individual MF practitioners, Financial product development and innovation, Energy products, or other products related to environmental issues, Delivery models (group, indiv.), MFI operations (e.g. general management, governance, finance and accounting, staff training, recuiting), Risk management
  • Other themes: Applied research - Testing & piloting
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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