Microfinance Information Exchange                                     Microfinance Data     What is it, how can I get it a...
Where should I look for data on the marginalized                                               and excluded?• Twitter: 140...
Where microfinance data comes from: inside the MFIFront-office systems                                       Back-office s...
Aggregate data helps to understand sector                                                    dynamics                     ...
Microfinance risk factors: early warning signals                                                                          ...
Identifying supply and demand gaps: KenyaAccess points by % financially excluded                                          ...
Identifying industry hotspots: Bosnia (post crisis)                                                                       ...
Tracking industry sentiment: news on KyrgyzstanLoan portfolios (10 years)                                                 ...
Key points for microfinance data   • Data comes from somewhere            – Understanding the supply chain for data is key...
MIX Global and Project PartnersMIX partners with a dedicated group of industry leaders:                                   ...
Microfinance Information Exchange                        Headquarters:    1901 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 307        Was...
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GAUL: Microfinance Data What is it, how can I get it and what can it tell me?

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SCOTT GAUL - is the Director of Analysis at MIX, the MicroFinance Information Exchange – a microfinance performance data and analysis organization. Scott introduced the audience to the hidden world of microfinance data, which provides valuable information about the economic decision making of the poor and marginalized. This large data set is normally difficult to obtain and digest – but Scott walked the participants through the process of accessing this data and the value that it may provide their programmatic work. Not only are microfinance details a barometer of a region’s economic health – but can also be an early warning indicator of social unrest, and a population’s changing priorities.

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GAUL: Microfinance Data What is it, how can I get it and what can it tell me?

  1. 1. Microfinance Information Exchange Microfinance Data What is it, how can I get it and what can it tell me? The Premier Source for Microfinance Data and AnalysisThis presentation is the proprietary and/or confidential information of MIX, and all rights are reserved by MIX. Any dissemination, distribution or copying of this presentation without MIX’s prior written permission is strictly prohibited.
  2. 2. Where should I look for data on the marginalized and excluded?• Twitter: 140 million users • Microfinance: 140 million users• All income strata • Focus on the poor• Range of uses • Used for business investment, household expenses, basic needs• Data easy to get • Data not-so-easy to get 2 This presentation is the proprietary and/or confidential information of MIX, and all rights are reserved by MIX. Any dissemination, distribution or copying of this presentation without MIX’s prior written permission is strictly prohibited.
  3. 3. Where microfinance data comes from: inside the MFIFront-office systems Back-office systems External reportingPros: Pros: Pros:Close to clients Frequent StandardizedLikely frequent Granular (client-level) PublicCons: Cons: Cons:Not digitized Not standardized SlowNot standardized Confidential Aggregated (inst.-level) 3 This presentation is the proprietary and/or confidential information of MIX, and all rights are reserved by MIX. Any dissemination, distribution or copying of this presentation without MIX’s prior written permission is strictly prohibited.
  4. 4. Aggregate data helps to understand sector dynamics Number of clients (normalized for sector peak) 4This presentation is the proprietary and/or confidential information of MIX, and all rights are reserved by MIX. Any dissemination, distribution or copying of this presentation without MIX’s prior written permission is strictly prohibited.
  5. 5. Microfinance risk factors: early warning signals Source: University of Zurich, “Over- indebtedness and Microfinance Constructing an Early WarningBasic operational data Index” Survey / sentiment data 5 This presentation is the proprietary and/or confidential information of MIX, and all rights are reserved by MIX. Any dissemination, distribution or copying of this presentation without MIX’s prior written permission is strictly prohibited.
  6. 6. Identifying supply and demand gaps: KenyaAccess points by % financially excluded Access points by district-level poverty and provider type 6This presentation is the proprietary and/or confidential information of MIX, and all rights are reserved by MIX. Any dissemination, distribution or copying of this presentation without MIX’s prior written permission is strictly prohibited.
  7. 7. Identifying industry hotspots: Bosnia (post crisis) 7This presentation is the proprietary and/or confidential information of MIX, and all rights are reserved by MIX. Any dissemination, distribution or copying of this presentation without MIX’s prior written permission is strictly prohibited.
  8. 8. Tracking industry sentiment: news on KyrgyzstanLoan portfolios (10 years) Investment flows (5 years) 8 This presentation is the proprietary and/or confidential information of MIX, and all rights are reserved by MIX. Any dissemination, distribution or copying of this presentation without MIX’s prior written permission is strictly prohibited.
  9. 9. Key points for microfinance data • Data comes from somewhere – Understanding the supply chain for data is key to finding scalable solutions • Interpretation can be ambiguous – Credit growth: positive investment outlook or debt spiral? – Savings growth: bad investment outlook or asset-building? – Risk indicators help identification, but are harder to find • Augmenting with outside data sources provides additional context – Reputation risk and political and regulatory factors 9This presentation is the proprietary and/or confidential information of MIX, and all rights are reserved by MIX. Any dissemination, distribution or copying of this presentation without MIX’s prior written permission is strictly prohibited.
  10. 10. MIX Global and Project PartnersMIX partners with a dedicated group of industry leaders: 10This presentation is the proprietary and/or confidential information of MIX, and all rights are reserved by MIX. Any dissemination, distribution or copying of this presentation without MIX’s prior written permission is strictly prohibited.
  11. 11. Microfinance Information Exchange Headquarters: 1901 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 307 Washington, D.C. 20006 USA Visit us on the Web: www.themix.org ♦ www.mixmarket.org Regional Offices: Baku, Azerbaijan Contact us: info@themix.org 44 J. Jabbarli st. Caspian Plaza I, 5th Floor, Baku, Azerbaijan Interested in learning more about MIX? Lima, Peru Sign up to receive our free e-mail Jirón León Velarde 333 Lince, Lima 14, Perú newsletters! Rabat, Morocco Immeuble CDG Place Moulay Hassan BP 408 Rabat Morocco Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter: @mix_market Hyderabad, India Road #12, Landmark Building, 5th Floor, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500034, India 11This presentation is the proprietary and/or confidential information of MIX, and all rights are reserved by MIX. Any dissemination, distribution or copying of this presentation without MIX’s prior written permission is strictly prohibited.

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