The role of International Financial Institutions to promote microsavings. guadalupe de la mata

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The role of International Financial Institutions to promote microsavings. guadalupe de la mata

  1. 1. DOING GOOD DOING WELL CONFERENCE IESE 2011 How can InternationalFinancialInstitutionssupportmicrosavi ngs? Guadalupe de la Mata
  2. 2. WhyIFIsprovidemainlycredit?Easier to justify from economic development and povertyalleviation perspective>Providing credit has been regardedas having most direct link to increasing incomesIncentives in many funding agencies are skewed towardfinancing creditPotentially risky business and requires specificexpertise, institutional capacity and long termcommitment
  3. 3. WHY Renewed interest among funders?• CRISIS have raised: – Concerns about over lending and over-indebtedness – The impact of economic recession on the poor – Criticism of microcredit• These factors have shown: – Importance of savings for poor people’s economic well being and – that deposits are potentially a stable source of funds for FI – Demand is there but supply is scarce
  4. 4. 1. Savings can help people deal with 3 barriers to escaping povertySmooth their volatile income streams and ACCUMULATEfunds to eat regularly, invest in education and reducefinancial stressPROVIDE A CUSHION AGAINST COMMON SHOCKS(ILLNESS, DEATH, CROP FAILURE…)SAVINGS can be used to INVEST IN NEW TOOLS ANDBUSINESS TO IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY (SELF FINANCE)
  5. 5. 2. Savings have a positive effect on the financial system as a wholeStrengthening local financialintermediaries• Stable funding source• Reduce risk of forex losses• Strengthen institutional stability, especially in times of economic crisis
  6. 6. 3.Demand for savings is high but supply scarceDEMAND/ When made available• Impressive growth in the number of savers achieved by leading deposit taking institutions over the last decadeSupply SCARCE due to:• Institutional level constraints• Inadequate infrastructure• Regulatory barriers
  7. 7. What can IFIs dotosupportmicrosavings? FourproposalsENCOURAGE DEMAND for Savings products andServicesExtending the Reach and SOUND RETAIL PROVIDERSStrengthening MARKET INFRASTRUCTURE for SavingsServicesSupporting SOUND POLICY
  8. 8. 1. EncouragedemandKey lessons to encourage demand• The poor already save in many informal ways• Poor people save with formal institutions when their services are close by and appropriate- accepting very small and varied deposit amounts• Policy makers and financian institutions may not always understand the importantance of savings for poor clients
  9. 9. 1.Encourage demand (II)What can donors do to encourage demand ?• Promote and encourage an UNDERSTANDING of the IMPORTANCE OF SAVINGS SERVICES FOR POOR PEOPLE• Promote MARKET STUDIES aimed at QUANTIFIYING AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING client demand• Support programs that promote CONSUMER AWARENESS and FINANCIAL CAPABILITIES OF THE POOR.
  10. 10. 2. ExtendingtheReach of SoundRetailprovidersKey lessons• Different kinds of institutions are needed to improve access to savings. Different providers serve different market segments and client needs• Managing deposit services for the poor requires greater institutional capacity than credit only services• The decision on wheather to support a particular institution should focus on: • Management commitment to savings mobilisation and • Institution´s capacity for safe and sound deposit operations or its ability to build that capacity
  11. 11. 2. Extendingthereach of soundretailprovidersGuidance for funders• Support CAPACITY BUILDING and the up-front investment costs of introducing or scaling up savings services and use performance based funding• Explore other, NON-TRADITIONAL SERVICE PROVIDERS (such as telecommunication companies) that may partner with FI to extend their reach and product range• Focus support on the type of instutions that match funders´ internal capacity and expertise
  12. 12. 2. Extendingthereach of SoundRetailproviders1. Informal Communitymanagedsavingsgroups2. CreditUnions and otherfinancialcooperatives3. TransformingMFIs4. SpecialisedMicrofinance Banks and Greenfields5. Savings and Postal banks6. Mainstreamcommercialbanks
  13. 13. Types of ServiceProviders Advantages ChallengesSavingsgroups -Servepoorclients , -Limitedproductsoffering primarilywomen - -Operate in remote rural Limitedmanagerialcapacity areas - -Easlly replicable Savingsmethodslimitassetb - uilding Profitsdistributedtomembe -Risk of exclusion of rs poorerindividuals -Build social capital and -Risk of theft of savings selfesteemCreditUnion and -Inherentsavingsled -GovernancechallengesotherFinancialCooperative -Simple affordableprodcuts -Findingtherigh balances -Of ten located in betweenborrowers and remoteregionsaccessibleby saversinterests thepoor -Risk of caputure -Lowtransaction and financialcosts
  14. 14. Advantages ChallengesTransforming -Knowledge of poorclients -MFIs -Social Inadequateinstitutionalcapacityf missionoftenorientedtoservepoor orsavings and marginalisedcommunities -Highcosts of transformation -Increaisngly more interested in -Creditledculture usingdepositstodiversifyfundingsou -Lack of rces accesstopaymentsystemsSpecialisedmi -Adequateskills and expertise -Requiresignificant subsidiescrofinanceba -Set up as deposittakinginstitutions initallynks and , no transformationrequired -greenfields -Broadrange of products Knowledgegainednotsharedbeyo ndnetwork/ holidngforproprietaryreasons -Oftennotreachingclients in remoteaeas -Limitedbranchnetwork
  15. 15. Advantages ChallengesSavings and - -Governance andpostal banks Extensivebranchnetworkthatoftenp managementchallenges enetrate rural markets -Bureaucraticculture -Preexistinginfraestructure can - allowforlowtransactioncosts Oftenrequiresignificantinstitutio -Usuallyperceivedtobesave and nalreform secure -Limitedproductrange PoorcustomerserviceMainstream -Broadrange of products and -Commercial services CorporateculturenotorientedtolBanks -Modernbranchinfrastructure owincomemarkets -Largenetwork of branches -LimitedincenTivesto target poor -Linkagestopaymentsystem and remoteclients -Abilitytocross-subsidisesmall -Exitingproductsoften do balance notmeettheneeds of tehpoor accountswithexistinghighvolumeop -Lack of lowcostdeliverychannels erations -Operatemostly in urbanareas - Saferthanotherinstitutionsifproperly regulated and supervised
  16. 16. 3. Strengthening MARKET INFRASTRUCTUREKEY lessons• Support market infrastrure goes beyond microfinance and it is important to take a BROAD FINANCIAL SECTOR PERSPECTIVE when supporting initiatives at this level• In country trainers and technical advisory services for savings mobilisation are usually quite limited• Access to payment services can affect an institution´s ability to attract deposits
  17. 17. 3.StrenghtheningMarketInfrastructureforSavi ngsService Guidance for funders • Training support and capacity building for service providers to increase their experience and expertise to support savings services • Support initiatives that increase access of financial providers to Payment systems and money markets (facilitating communication among stakeholders) • When supporting Deposit insurance, funders should apply good practice features and have access to adequate expertise
  18. 18. 4. SupportingsoundpolicyenvironmentsKey lessons• Prudential regulation and supervision is required for institutions mobilising savings (Except for small, community based intermediaries too tiny or remote to supervise effectivily)• Capacity of regulators and supervisors is often the main bottleneck• There is no one-size fits all regulatory or supervisory solution. Each country should establish one taking into account its priorities and capacity constraints
  19. 19. 4.SupportingSoundPolicyEnvironments.Guidance for funders• Support policy and regulatory environments that balance and increase • access, • financial stability and • protection of savings• Capacity builiding of regulatory and supervisory bodies• There is no one size fits all regulatory or supervisory solution. Each country should establish its regulatory and supervisory framework taking into account its priorities and capacity constraints
  20. 20. 5. ChoosingtheRight Role in PromotingSavingsKey Lessons• Only funders with the relevant internal capacity should support savings mobilization• Savings mobilisations is an internal component of overarching goals (poverty allevation, access to finance and building an inclusive financial system.)
  21. 21. ChoosingtheRight Role in PromotingSavings.Guidance for Funders• Clear strategy that articulates the funder´s goal in supporting savings mobilisation • Expanding access to finance • Building inclusive financial systems • Reducing poverty• Support savings mobilisations only if they have the adequate expertise, systems and instruments• Appropiate mix of funding instruments • Grants • Debt • Equity
  22. 22. GRANTSGRANTS Promoting savings is best suited with theresources (typically grants) to support capacity buildingand technical assistance over the medium and long termGrant support should be• time-limited,• performance based, and• disbursed against the grantees institution´s atainment of clearly established performance tagets
  23. 23. DEBTCan support but also hinder savings mobilisationDebt financing should be nondistortive andcomplementary to savings mobilisationDebt providers can use their influence to promotesavings mobilisation with retail service providers
  24. 24. EQUITYEQUTY•Start up capital for greenfields•Necessary in transformation•Strategy and corporate governance (oversight the governance and management of the instituon
  25. 25. Guadalupe de la Mata THANKS!!!Time forQuestions and Comments

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