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Past Projects

In the four years since inception MFTransparency has worked 28 countries on four continents, with pricing data submitted voluntarily by over 400 institutions representing 1,300 different loan products sold to over 45 million clients (these are statistics as of March 2012).


Transparent Pricing Initiatives:


Transparent Pricing Initiative in Pakistan: This project is delivered in partnership with the Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN) and sponsored by the State Bank of Pakistan’s Financial Inclusion Program, UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF). Data is currently being collected from microfinance providers throughout Pakistan.
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Transparent Pricing Initiative in Morocco: This project, funded by the Netherlands Platform for Microfinance, marked MFTransparency’s expansion into the Middle East and North African region. Delivered in partnership with Planet Rating, the project was launched with a Pricing Workshop at the Centre Mohammed VI de Soutien à la Microfinance Solidaire. Data is currently being collected from microfinance providers throughout Morocco.
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enabling APR & EIR Program (enabling Africa to Price Responsibly and Educate on Interest Rates): Thanks to our partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, this program brought the Transparent Pricing Initiative to eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: Malawi, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique. We began work in the first country, Malawi, with a launch workshop in August 2010, and finished with the launch of transparent pricing data from Mozambique in January 2012.
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Transparent Pricing Initiative in the Philippines: Funded by Luxembourg Cooperation and MicroNed, this project marked MFTransparency’s expansion into another dynamic Asian microfinance market. We launched the project in March 2011 with a series of workshops in Mindanao, Luzon and Visayas. Transparent pricing data from the Philippines was published in November 2011.
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Transparent Pricing Initiative in Ethiopia: sponsored by MicroNed this project launched in September 2011, culminating three months later with the publication of pricing data from 95% of Ethiopia’s microfinance industry by number of borrowers.
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Transparent Pricing Initiative in West Africa: This project, sponsored by Luxembourg Cooperation, spanned eight Francophone African countries, unified under the supervision of the Banque Centrale des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO) – Senegal, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Mali, Niger, Guinea Bissau and Ivory Coast. We launched the project in July 2010 with training workshops in Dakar and Ouagadougou.
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Transparent Pricing Initiative in Latin America: Funded by the Ford Foundation, this project included Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador. Transparent pricing data was published for Colombia, Bolivia and Ecuador. These data launches took place as in-country events where a range of local stakeholders were able to discuss the analysis and outcomes of the project in person, as well as next steps for  the institutionalization of transparent pricing practices.
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Transparent Pricing Initiative in India:  Launched in April 2010 with a series of five workshops throughout the country, the Transparent Pricing Initiative in India was driven by strong demand from within the Indian microfinance industry. In February 2011 we published microloan pricing data for more than 80 Indian institutions, accompanied by an in-depth analyical report. MFTransparency launched the data in a nationwide conference in Mumbai, as well as a special workshop with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). This project was sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, Citi Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the Microfinance Insituions Network (MFIN).
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Pilot Countries: MFTransparency began our data collection efforts in 2009 with an initial set of five pilot countries: Peru, Bosnia, Cambodia, Azerbaijan and Kenya. Each unique market context helped strengthen a different aspect of our methodology. We are grateful to the funders of these pilot projects, CGAP, KfW, MicroNed and Triple Jump, for their early and ongoing support.

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