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Incorporating Client Protection into Technical Assistance for Financial Institutions

Arlington, VA (November 4, 2013) SEEP Conference

 The Smart Campaign will be conducting a training for technical assistance providers on how to work with financial services providers to enhance their client protection practices. The participants of this training will also learn about the Smart Campaign’s client protection tools, which are meant for an institution to use after evaluating how it applies the Client Protection Principles in its business.

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Microfinance institutions urged to improve customer care (As featured on NewTimes)

Rwanda (August 15, 2013) By Seraphine Habimana of NewTimes

Micro-finance institutions have been urged to improve customer relations to stay competitive.

Leah Wardle, a microfinance consultant with Smart Campaign, advised them to listen to and value consumer feedback to enhance service delivery and satisfy customers’ needs.

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AMFA Excited to Support Smart Campaign’s Client Protection Certification Program

The Azerbaijan Micro-finance Association (AMFA) is proud to announce its support of the recently launched Client Protection Certification Program, managed by the Smart Campaign. Microfinance clients –female clients in particular – have at all times been the heart of AMFA and its membership’s focus.

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Three Bosnian microcredit organizations receive Smart certificates for consumer protection compliance

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (May 6, 2013) – On May 6, the Smart Campaign, in cooperation with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), member of the World Bank Group, presented certificates to microcredit organizations (MCOs) EKI, MI BOSPO, and Partner for being certified for achieving adequate levels of compliance in consumer protection.

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New Client Protection Certification Program Sets the Bar for Microfinance Smart Campaign Announces First “Client Protection Certified” Institutions

Washington, DC (January 24, 2013) – As of today, the microfinance industry has new client protection standards and a Client Protection Certification Program aimed at retail financial institutions serving the world’s poor. The ambitious effort, created for and by the industry and managed by the Smart Campaign, represents an important milestone in the evolution of microfinance as a uniquely client-focused portion of the global financial sector. “There has been widespread demand for mechanisms that protect microfinance clients. This is the first program that verifies client protection publicly,” said Smart Campaign Managing Director Isabelle Barrès.

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Compulsory Group Training Workshop

The Smart Campaign India team will be conducting on workshop on “Compulsory Group Training” Tool Development October 18th in Bangalore with attendance from some of India’s biggest MFIs including Ujjivan, Equitas, SKS, Swadhaar and Grameen Koota. The workshop is sponsored by the IFC. 

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Announcing Campaign by Numbers

minimapWe are pleased to announce the addition of “Campaign by Numbers” to our website. In this interactive map we represent how the Smart Campaign and the Client Protection Principles’ reach have become truly global. Over 130 countries have been profiled by listing endorsers of the Campaign as well as financial institutions that have undergone third-party assessments. In the near future this map will also include financial institutions that have been Certified. Enjoy!

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The Smart Campaign, SPTF, and Seal of Excellence: Joint Letter of Intent

Over the past two years, several initiatives have developed to evaluate the performance of MFIs along various social criteria. While this gives MFIs new tools for assessing and improving their performance, it also has the potential to confuse MFIs and investors. We are writing this letter to explain how our three initiatives — the Smart Campaign, the Social Performance Task Force and the Seal of Excellence for Poverty Outreach and Transformation in Microfinance – are working together to try to minimize confusion while increasing options for microfinance practitioners, investors, and other stakeholders. 

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Practicing Non-discrimination

New resource! The Smart Campaign provides guidance to financial service providers on correcting and preventing discrimination against clients.

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Client Protection Certification Program

NEW! Client Protection Certification Program – Call for Comments!  Click here to learn how you can share your thoughts, feedback, questions with the Campaign.

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