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Mifos E-Workshop: The First Fully Open Platform for Inclusion


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The Mifos Initiative co-hosted with the Microcredit Summit Campaign an E-Workshop on February 19th, sharing insights on open technology platforms. The Mifos Initiative announced a Campaign Commitment in 2015 to promote poverty measurement tools through integrating them into their cloud-based core banking system. The E-Workshop included a demo of the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) in the Musoni app, developed by Mifos. The session featured Craig Chelius, Executive Director of Mifos, Cameron Goldie-Scot, CEO of Musoni Services and Markus Geiss, Software Developer who contributed to the Mifos X Platform.

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Mifos E-Workshop: The First Fully Open Platform for Inclusion

  1. 1. Using Open Source Technology to Expand Financial Inclusion Craig Chelius Executive Director Markus Geiss Volunteer, Software Developer Feel free to live-tweet the session @MicroCredSummit, @mifos, @MusoniMFI and #Commit100M ! Use the Q&A box on the top-right to send questions to the Panelists. Cameron Goldie-Scot CEO
  2. 2. The First Fully Open Platform for Inclusion
  3. 3. 3 System Architect & Developer, The Mifos Initiative Executive Director The Mifos Initiative CEO Musoni Services Mifos Initiative Panelists Craig Chelius Cameron Goldie- Scot Markus Geiss
  4. 4. 4 Mifos X The Only True Open Source Platform for Financial Inclusion
  5. 5. 5 ● 100% Open Source ● Royalty Free, Worldwide, in Perpetuity ● Mozilla Public License 2.0 ● Core Contributor Network ● Global Reach Open To Everyone - We Cannot Do It Alone
  6. 6. 6 Open is Better We Use Open Source Every Day ● Safe ● Value ● Maintainable ● Stronger through Community
  7. 7. 7 The Internet is Powered by Open Source Mozilla Firefox Browser Java Development Language MySQL Database Apache Web Server The Linux Operating System
  8. 8. 8 Open Source in Financial Services ● More than 50% of the world's financial trades are processed on Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®. ● In 2013, developers downloaded 13 billion open source components from the Central Repository — one of the largest web repositories for components. ● The use of open source allowed a large commercial bank to develop a trading application while only developing 28 percent of the code internally
  9. 9. 9 Financial Inclusion Needs to Be Open FI should be built with open components, with the value add coming at the service provider & regional level.
  10. 10. 10 Community Dynamic The Product of our Community Effort is Greater than the Sum of its Parts. 80% is in Community Driven Platform 20% Unique Innovation Enabling a Virtuous Cycle of Shared Knowledge
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  12. 12. 12 ● Award-winning microfinance software company ● Supporting 15 MFIs across Africa ● Serving over 60,000 entrepreneurs ● Launched in early 2013 ● Powered by the Mifos X Platform Musoni Services
  13. 13. 13 ● Speed to market ● Active community brings experiences from around the world ● Strength of core platform ● Social impact of contributing back ● Enabled Musoni to focus on innovative technologies like mobile money Benefits of working with Mifos
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  17. 17. 17 and PPI ● Launched on Musoni System in March 2013 ● Currently used in Kenya ● Over 20,000 PPI surveys completed… ● all through a handheld tablet
  18. 18. 18 Mifos X PPI Presented by Markus Geiss System Architect & Developer
  19. 19. 19 PPI Components ➔ Scorecards ➔ Look-up Tables ➔ Sampling ◆ Event Based ◆ Stratified Sampling ➔ Ad Hoc Analysis ◆ Poverty Likelihood / Trend ➔ Benchmarking ◆ Regions, Offices ➔ Targeting ◆ Achieved Goals
  20. 20. 20 Ad-hoc Analysis Client View Screen
  21. 21. 21 Benchmarking District/Office Likelihood Benchmark
  22. 22. 22 Targeting Achieved Goals
  23. 23. 23 PPI Roadmap ➔ Milestone 1 (end of March 2015) ◆ Scorecards ◆ Look-up Tables ◆ Simple Reports ➔ Milestone 2 (end of June 2015) ◆ Sampling ◆ Ad Hoc Analysis ➔ Milestone 3 (end of September 2015) ◆ Benchmarking ◆ Targeting
  24. 24. 24 The Mifos Initiative Commitment Ensure that the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) and other social performance management frameworks can be captured and analyzed as an integral part of the client workflow in the Mifos X platform: ➔ PPI Integration - Full integration of the PPI within the Mifos X platform with support for capturing the PPI scorecards for all 56 countries within the cloud-based Mifos X Community App. ➔ PPI Reports - Develop and release 5 standard reports which contain the most relevant and high-value analysis of the PPI data captured in Mifos X.
  25. 25. Join the MIFOS Initiative in announcing YOUR CAMPAIGN COMMITMENT: Feel free to write to us at To know more about the Mifos Initiative, please visit or write to To know more about Musoni, please visit or write to Don’t forget to TWEET your takeaways of this E-workshop @mifos @MusoniMFI @MicroCredSummit using #Commit100M Using Open Source Technology to Expand Financial Inclusion