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Assessing Green Microfinance: Qualitative and Quantitative Indicators for Measuring Environmental Performance

Assessing Green Microfinance: Qualitative and Quantitative Indicators for Measuring Environmental Performance

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Date: 
November 2015
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MIX and the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) Microfinance & Environment Action Group

This report is the first attempt in the microfinance sector to address the area of green performance monitoring in a comprehensive manner. While the sector currently abounds with a diverse set of qualitative tools for green performance monitoring, the same cannot be said of quantitative indicators. As a result, microfinance institutions (MFIs) lack a set of established metrics to assess their green performance, track progress over time, and gain a broad view of current and future trends.

Recognizing this gap, MIX and the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) Microfinance & Environment Action Group designed a survey to explore a set of quantitative green microfinance indicators with the aim of assessing their ease of use and relevance for decision-making. This report presents the survey findings drawn from the responses of 87 MFIs. Based on the key findings, this report concludes by offering a strategic “way forward” to facilitate the gradual integration of green quantitative indicators into reporting standards for the microfinance sector.  

Download the full report.

Read our blog in Next Billion.

Survey findings are also summarized in the Tableau Dashboard below.