International Indonesia’s Microfinance Exposure (IIME) is a microfinance exposure program that aims to broaden the knowledge of the microfinance industry to clients, specifically in Indonesia. The program is structured to be adjusted to the client’s needs and requests including field visits or class materials.
IIME assists in sharing and gaining a comprehensive knowledge about problems, applied theories, and best practices in Indonesia’s microfinance industry.
Academy for Microfinance Development in Asia (AMIDA) is an applied skills training workshop held annually by MICRA for microfinance practitioners from NGO’s, corporations, policy makers, researchers and many more.
Over 690 national and international practitioners have attended allowing for a impressive forum to discuss and brainstorm about current microfinance issues with particpants involved from all parts of the industry.
ProThe Indonesian microfinance sector is one of the largest in the world, encompassing over 50,000 institutions, including community banks, rural banks, cooperatives and credit unions. Despite the scale, more than 40 million people still lack access to financial services, mainly in rural areas and urban slums.
The PAC program was initiated by MICRA foundation in order to build MFI outreach to the poor. PAC strongly believes that everyone, including those with low or no income, deserve access to financial services. At present, many of those people are not served by commercial banks and only few microfinance institutions reach out to this market segment. A recent MICRA study revealed that only a third of 450 MFIs surveyed provide significant services to the poor.
In Indonesia, poverty remains a driving factor. The following figures illustrate this:
As a program, PAC focuses on identifying, promoting and linking pro-poor MFIs to recources. The program is integrated and serves as a center for learning. It also acts as center of activities for pro-poor MFIs to develop their outreach and effectiveness. PAC enables MFIs to receive access to various resources so that they can grow and share experiences. PAC also promotes pro-poor models to other MFIs interested in working on the microfinance market. Best practices and tools will be documented and disseminated through newsletter, website and conferences.
Managed by a team within MICRA, PAC fuses its resources with internal support from Mercy Corps to provide direct services to up to 500 pro-poor MFIs in the next five years. It will build market awareness among all MFIs about viable pro-poor products and approaches to increase overall service to underserved market segment. Eventually, effective and sustainable MFI financial services are hoped to lift millions of Indonesians living in poverty.