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ProsperA (Alliance for the Promotion of Social Performance in Microfinance) is an operational network of MFIs, professional associations, TA providers, donors, investors, researchers, rating agencies and consultants. ProsperA promotes dialogue among members and coordinates activities around the SPI tool and member initiatives. Focus is on governance, impact and social performance assessment. ProsperA promotes social performance by building capacity of MFIs and their networks.


ProsperA’s Objectives

- Increase financial access to the poor and excluded;

- Improve the quality of services to meet the needs of target groups;

- Build economic and sociopolitical capacities of clients;

- Promote social responsibility to staff, clients, the community and the environment.


Members

In 2001, a group of microfinance actors came together to promote social performance as a necessary ally of strong financial performance. They developed the Social Peformance Indicators, a social audit tool for MFIs. Today, ProsperA unites this group of actors, and others wishing to join their efforts.
- Membership form
- List of ProsperA members (April 2013)


Activities

ProsperA promotes dialogue among members and coordinates activities around the SPI tool and member initiatives, with emphasis on governance, impact and social performance assessment. ProsperA aims to:

- Consolidate social impact of MFIs by helping them monitor social objectives and make changes to systems and procedures;

- Build local capacity to analyze, pilot, measure and evaluate social performance through workshops and training;

- Consolidate and expand its network of partners and promote social performance efforts of practitioners;

- Pool knowledge and know-how to produce tools and approaches to promote social performance;

- Monitor research and innovative initiatives in social performance;

- Facilitate dialogue between practitioners and investors;

- Advocate social performance and participate in other initiatives, such as the Social Performance Task Force.



News

New ! SPI 3.3 available !
The12 July 2011

A BRAND NEW VERSION OF THE CERISE SPI, NOW WITH STANDARDS OF USE!

CERISE is pleased to announce the release of the Social Performance Indicators tool SPI 3.3.1. Used by hundreds of MFIs worldwide, the CERISE SPI tool is the premier social performance audit tool for institutions committed to improving the lives of their clients.

New in this version:

- Revised questions integrating latest developments in social performance including the Smart Campaign’s Client Protection Principles, Microfinance Transparency, Social Performance Task Force’s Universal Standards, the Microcredit Summit’s Seal of Excellence, and MIV Disclosure Guidelines.
- A computerized questionnaire for easy and reliable reporting on social performance data to MIX!
- Easier than ever to produce clear and meaningful results, and compatible with PC and Mac—no more macros!

The SPI tool comes now with the CERISE SPI Standards of Use defined in collaboration with Oikocredit, Kiva, Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation, Latin American networks from Foro Lac Fr, as well as many SPI users from ProsperA, a multi-stakeholder peer learning network dedicated to social performance. The Standards formalize the CERISE SPI application process to ensure quality control and efficient use of the tool.

Plus, a Wiki developed in collaboration with Kiva brings user-friendliness to a whole new level. CERISE SPI users now have a one-stop portal to access the Standards, download support materials, ask questions and leave comments.

Check it out at http://spiwikiv3point3.pbworks.com !

For more information about the CERISE SPI send us an email at cerise@cerise-microfinance.org


Is Social Performance Profitable?
The11 January 2010

Thanks to contributions of ProsperA members (practitioners, investors and donors), CERISE has collected the results of 230 SPI assessments. CERISE analyzed the results of 126 MFIs to understand the links between financial and social performance. This analysis confirms what many studies have suggested based on incomplete data: social performance and financial performance are compatible. Targeting the poor clearly implies higher costs for MFIs. However other aspects of social performance—namely geographical targeting when associated with participatory models, well-adapted loan technologies and social responsibility—are positively correlated with good operational and financial performance. The correlation is even stronger for large MFIs, which benefit from economies of scale.
The full results are published in the last issue of the MicroBanking Bulletin (N°19).

Read more: MicroBanking Bulletin N°19 - December 2009

Oikocredit announces results of social audit
The11 January 2010

The latest innovation in social performance measurement is to look not only at the performance of the microfinance institutions, but also to undertake a social audit of private financiers. Oikocredit, a member of ProsperA, by turning the examination on itself, is the first financier to collaborate with Cerise in the on-going development of the social audit tool.
The social audit report reveals that Oikocredit has a strong social mission and vision, committed human resources, trained staff and is actively pilot-testing innovative tools for social performance assessment. Using the outcome from this audit, Oikocredit can update its social performance procedures and further develop its outreach strategy, products and services. Fulfilling its mission means both investors and clients can benefit from the social and financial empowerment of an Oikocredit loan.
CERISE will continue these exchanges and audits with microfinance investment vehicles in 2010 to encourage socially responsible investment in microfinance.

Read more: Oikocredit Press Release - 13-10-2009

Social Performance discussed in Luxembourg
The11 January 2010

During the last European Microfinance Week (Nov 24-26 in Luxembourg), different sessions have discussed social performance, social responsibility, and consumer protection. These subjects are seen as important issues now by the practitionners.
In particular, among ProsperA members, Mila Mercado-Bunker, director of ASHI in the Philippines, and Teshome Dayesso, director of Buusaa Gonofaa in Ethiopia have shared their concrete experiences on Social Performance Management. They have enthousiastically shown how integrating these approaches in the daily operations of their MFI has allowed to better serve their clients, and strengthen the links with them.

Read more: European Microfinance Week 2009 Presentations




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  Newsletter Prosper@ June 12

  Newsletter Prosper@ June 10 [fr]    

  Newsletter Prosper@ June 09 [fr]    

  Newsletter Prosper@ June 08 [fr]    

  Newsletter Prosper@ Jan 08 [fr]    



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Key documents
-European microfinance and social performance: Where do we stand ?
-Governance Handbook
-SPI4 Press release
-The Decision Tree-Orienting network in their SP strategy
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