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Organisation general information
Organisation name: 
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management GmbH
Founding year: 
Total number of staff: 
Resources dedicated to microfinance: 
Percentage of microfinance activities: 
Between 0 and 20%
Type of organisation: 
Non profit
Researchers, University, Financial institution, -
Organisation's contact person
Contact person: 
Ms. Silke Mueffelmann
Adickesallee 32-34
+49 (69) 154 008 622
+49 (69) 154 008 4670
Organisation summary

The aim of International Advisory Services is to support and to ensure the transfer of our Finance and Management expertise to institutions providing financial services in developing and transition countries as well as emerging markets. Within our core competencies, International Advisory Services comes up with innovative, tailor-made solutions to promote institutional and staff capacity building as well as sustainable development. IAS provides services in three pillars:

  • International Development Finance (Microfinance, Rural Finance, SME Finance, Housing Finance) 
  • International Office (International Student Recruitment and Executive Education)
  • Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre For Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance
Type of intervention: 
  • Loans
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. technical assistance/capacity building, evaluation)
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. research / information dissemination)
Countries of intervention: 
South America
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, Value chain development, Microfinance investment vehicules, Post-conflict/disaster microfinance, Business development services, Social impact/performance, Environmental microfinance, Urban finance, Gender, Youth
  • Micro level: Financial product development and innovation, Energy products, or other products related to environmental issues, Delivery models (group, indiv.), Performance (financial and social), MFI operations (e.g. general management, governance, finance and accounting, staff training, recuiting), Strategic planning, Marketing, Graduation of MFIs, Risk management, Management information systems, HR Development
  • Other themes: Academic research, Impact and performances studies, Sector mapping, Evaluation
Main competences: 

Microbanking Competence Centre (MBCC) at International Advisory Services contributes to facilitating microfinance institutions in providing fully-fledged financial services (loan, deposit and insurance services) to their clients. It assists banking institutions (e.g. commercial banks) in downscaling or establishing microfinance business units, in order to support them in servicing microenterprises and low-income clients with a large array of tailor-made financial products. Additionally, the MBCC develops and implements innovative microfinance products in the field of credit and savings, as well as the improvement of product development processes, product costing techniques and credit scoring. The promotion of innovative delivery channels is another service provided by the MBCC. Training is offered in the form of classroom and on-the-job training as well as coaching. For several years, we have offered the Micro Banking Summer Academy as a special training programme and since 2010, our e-learning course “Certified Expert in Microfinance” has become a very successful distance learning tool for microfinance practitioners.

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

In order to complement the microfinance experience, the microbanking competence Centre of IAS works through various competence centers, such as SME Finance, Risk Management, Sustainable Energy Finance, Rural and Agricultural Finance as well as Housing Finance.