The Microfinance Gateway

Picked up on Weitzenegger’s Website for International Development Cooperation, and its Newsletter.

The MicroInsurance Focus Resource Center promotes sound practices in insurance provision to low-income persons through the exchange of knowledge and experience.

Microinsurance is an important risk management tool for low-income households, but as a sophisticated financial service, poses many new challenges to the microfinance industry and other stakeholders … (full text).

Homepage and latest news
,
resource centers;
microfinance discussion groups;
events;
organizations;
consultants;
library;
jobs;
address: The Microfinance Gateway Manager, CGAP Secretariat/World Bank, 1919 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20433, USA;
contact.

About: 1. … The Microfinance Gateway (the Gateway) is the most comprehensive source of information for and about the microfinance industry. It includes research and publications, discussion groups, specialized resource centers, organization and consultant profiles, and the latest news, events, and job opportunities in microfinance. Its guiding vision is to enable microfinance industry participants to generate value, innovate and engage in the free flow of ideas by effectively utilizing the Gateway’s knowledge assets.

The Gateway features 6,400 online documents, over 1000 listings of microfinance focused organizations and over 250 consultant profiles. It allows users to contribute publications, op-ed or thought pieces, news, conference and workshop announcements, and employment vacancies. We rely on the feedback and contributions of our visitor-participants to remain relevant.

Since our launch in June 2000, visits to the Gateway have grown in tandem with the services we offer, with total monthly site visits on the English site averaging 50,000 unique users from over 100 countries. More than one million pages are downloaded each month.

2. Is the Microfinance Gateway information available in other languages? The MicrofinaGateway is currently available in English, French and Arabic. In the future there will be a Spanish site. The language sites and the English site have similar features, however vary significantly in their content. The content of the language site is targeted to the respective regions to meet the needs of the French- and Arabic-speaking audiences … (full long text).

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