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  • Update on the Transparent Pricing Initiative in India

    Published on November 11, 2010

    MFTransparency would like to announce that the Transparent Pricing Initiative in India is continuing forward with a heightened sense of responsibility to support the sector in this time of change. In April 2010, the Indian microfinance industry invited MFTransparency to facilitate a transition to transparent microcredit pricing.

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    Countries: India
    Category: MFTransparency Blog
    Tags: Pricing Initiative
  • Jornada Iniciativa de Transparencia de Precios en Ecuador

    Published on November 8, 2010

    El próximo 30 de noviembre se celebrará en el Hotel Dann Carlton en Quito la Jornada Iniciativa de Transparencia de Precios en Ecuador organizada por MFTransparency, una iniciativa a escala mundial a favor de la asignación de precios transparentes y responsables en la industria de las microfinanzas.

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    Countries: Ecuador
    Category: MFTransparency Blog
    Tags: MFT Event, Pricing Initiative
  • Conference Transparent Pricing Initiative in Ecuador

    Published on November 8, 2010

    MFTransparency, a global initiative working to bring pricing transparency to the microfinance industry, will host a conference marking the data launch of the Transparent Pricing Initiative in Ecuador on November 30, 2010 at the Hotel Dann Carlton in Quito, Ecuador.

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    Countries: Ecuador
    Category: MFTransparency Blog
    Tags: MFT Event, Pricing Initiative
  • A Conversation with Paul Arias, CEO of CREDIFE

    Published on October 28, 2010

    MFTransparency and its strategic implementation partner, Red Financiera Rural (RFR) launched the Transparent Pricing Initiative in Ecuador in April this year, with transparency workshops in Quito, Ambato and Guayaquil. The Ecuador Initiative is sponsored by the Ford Foundation to promote responsible and transparent pricing in the microfinance industry in Latin America.

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    Countries: Ecuador
    Category: MFTransparency Blog
    Tags: Pricing Initiative
  • Entrevista con Paul Arias, Gerente General de CREDIFE

    Published on October 28, 2010

    MFTransparency y su socio estratégico, la Red Financiera Rural (RFR) lanzaron la Iniciativa de Transparencia de Precios en Ecuador con 3 talleres en Quito, Ambato y Guayaquil en abril del presente año, la cual está patrocinada por la Fundación Ford para promover precios responsables y transparentes en la industria de las microfinanzas en América Latina.

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    Countries: Ecuador
    Category: MFTransparency Blog
    Tags: Pricing Initiative
  • Calculating Effective Interest Rates Using Cashflow Discounting

    Published on October 26, 2010

    In a previous post, I described the technique that computer programs like Microsoft Excel use to calculate the XIRR (effective interest rate) as a very smart version of “guess and check.” The post on Newton’s Method described how the “guessing” part works, but it did not describe how the computer is able to finally verify when it has the correct EIR figure — the “check” part.

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    Category: MFTransparency Blog
    Tags: Understanding Prices
  • Trends Observed in Malawi Data Collection

    Published on October 22, 2010

    MFTransparency recently launched the Transparent Pricing Initiative in Malawi. The Initiative has received strong support from the Malawian microfinance industry from the start, which has continued into the data collection phase. I want to share with you some of the trends we’ve observed so far regarding pricing practices, group lending and repayment schedules in the Malawian microfinance industry.

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    Countries: Malawi
    Category: MFTransparency Blog
    Tags: Pricing Initiative
  • A Powerful NGO Model Everyone Should Know About

    Published on October 21, 2010

    I recently came across an article in the online Harvard Business Review titled “The Most Powerful Green NGO You’ve Never Heard Of.” The title itself was enough to pique my interest but most exciting was to learn about the parallels that exist between MFTransparency’s business model and that of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

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    Category: MFTransparency Blog
    Tags: Responsible Finance
  • Transparency is key to positive MFI branding

    Published on October 19, 2010

    As microfinance vendors proliferate in local markets, every MFI wants to be the first choice of potential borrowers. A strong brand, with transparent pricing practices and healthy communication of those prices as part of its vital core, can provide an advantage in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

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    Category: MFTransparency Blog
    Tags: Pricing Initiative