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African Development Bank Group [Jan 26 Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire]-- http://www.afdb.org/ The African Development Bank's Group Vision adopted by its Boards of Governors in 1999 was the product of extensive consultations with all stakeholders. In order to operationalize this Vision, the Boards of Directors approved a new organizational structure that became effective 1st January 2002 and have recently approved the Bank's First Strategic Plan for the Period 2003-2007. 


Asian Development Bank [Jan 12 06 Manila Philippines]-- http://www.adb.org  "ADB is a multilateral development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific. Established in 1966, we are now owned by 64 members, mostly from the region. Our headquarters is in Manila. We have 26 other offices around the world. ADB’s overarching goal is to reduce poverty in Asia and the Pacific. It helps improve the quality of people’s lives by providing loans and technical assistance for a broad range of development activities. ADB is a multilateral development finance institution that engages in mostly public sector lending for development purposes in its developing member countries. ADB’s clients are its member governments, who are also its shareholders."


La Asociación de Instituciones Financieras para el Desarrollo Rural FINRURAL [Jan 29 06 La Paz Bolivia]--La Asociación de Instituciones Financieras para el Desarrollo Rural FINRURAL, es una Asociación Civil sin fines de lucro, constituida el 28 de Septiembre de 1993, que aglutina a 14 ONGs Financieras en Bolivia especializadas en Microfinanzas. Su misión es promover el desarrollo de las instituciones especializadas en microfinanzas que prestan servicios a clientes que habitan en áreas urbanas y rurales de Bolivia. FINRURAL, presta servicios de Central de Riesgos, Autorregulación, Evaluación de Impactos, Telecomunicaciones, Servicios de Información Financiera, Difusión y coordinación internacional de programas microfinancieros. www.finrural-bo.org/


Microenterprise Development Institute – New Hampshire (MDI-NH) [Jan 29 06 Manchester NH USA]--Microenterprise Development Institute – New Hampshire (MDI-NH) was founded in 1999 at the Southern New Hampshire University School of Community Economic Development. The Institute's primary focus is on both financial and non-financial practitioner skill building with an emphasis on "Double Bottom Line" approaches to address the needs of poor families, their communities and the building of sustainable microenterprise development institutions. Beginning in 2004 we also offer the Microenterprise and Development Certificate (MDC-SA) South Africa in cooperation with the University of Limpopo in Polokwane City, South Africa www.mdi-sa.org.  Participants in the both programs have an opportunity to learn from some of the top microfinance practitioners in the field and network with peers from all over the globe. In the past six years we have trained more than 525 practitioners from 80 countries and 300 INGOs, NGO’s MFIs, Universities, Banks and other organizations. The MDI serves as a significant professional development training opportunity to the field with several former MDI students returning as instructors. www.mdi-nh.org/


The Africa Microfinance Network (AFMIN) [Jan 29 06 Accra Ghana]--The Africa Microfinance Network (AFMIN) is a regional association of country-level networks in Africa officially launched in 2000 in Cotonou, Benin. The AFMIN Secretariat and service centre is located in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, where it is legally incorporated as an international non-governmental organisation in accordance with Ivorian law. The mission of AFMIN is to contribute to the provision of effective and sustainable financial services to the poor in Africa by supporting national networks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) to achieve their mission and objectives, and helping to improve the microfinance environment in the region and globally. AFMIN aims to achieve its mission by organising, with country level microfinance networks and other partners, the development of lateral learning among microfinance practioners and network leaders, shared performance standards and financial policies and systems for the microfinance industry in Africa. www.afmin-ci.org/


The Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP) [Jan 29 06 Washington DC]--The Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP) is a consortium of 29 bilateral and multilateral donor agencies who support microfinance. Our mission is to improve the capacity of microfinance institutions to deliver flexible, high-quality financial services to the very poor on a sustainable basis. CGAP serves microfinance institutions, donors and the microfinance industry through the development of technical tools and services, the de-livery of training, strategic advice and technical assistance, and action research on innovations. www.cgap.org/


The William Davidson Institute [Jan 29 06 Ann Arbor MI USA]--The William Davidson Institute is a non-profit, independent, research and educational institute affiliated with the University of Michigan dedicated to developing and disseminating expertise on issues affecting firms in transition economies. Integrating research, executive education, and practical project-based assistance, the Institute generates knowledge and offers unique educational opportunities to individuals as well as indigenous and multinational companies operating in transitional economies. www.wdi.bus.umich.edu/


The World Bank [Jan 12 06 Washington DC]-- www.worldbank.org The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the common sense. We are made up of two unique development institutions owned by 184 member countries—the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). Each institution plays a different but supportive role in our mission of global poverty reduction and the improvement of living standards. The IBRD focuses on middle income and creditworthy poor countries, while IDA focuses on the poorest countries in the world. Together we provide low-interest loans, interest-free credit and grants to developing countries for education, health, infrastructure, communications and many other purposes.


Who Counts? An initiative by Mango [Jan 12 06 Oxford UK]-- www.mango.org.uk/whocounts Who Counts? is an initiative launched in April 2005 by Mango, a UK registered charity. Mango exists to help NGOs strengthen their financial management by providing training, carefully selected finance staff and guides to good practice. See www.mango.org.uk  - or click on the links above - for more about us. We launched the Who Counts? campaign because of our experience that NGOs often aim to increase accountability to beneficiaries, but find it hard to deliver it in practice. Our paper Helping People is Difficult (executive summary) provides an analysis of why they find it so hard. Who Counts? is part of Mango's contribution to MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY, under the "Better Aid" banner. It also links with the Commission for Africa's call for greater transparency in the use of public funding and flows of money to African states. Who Counts? is just as relevant for those concerned about the efficient and effective use of the unprecedented funds made available to NGOs following the Asian Tsunami Disaster. We believe that financial reporting to beneficiaries is a simple and important way for NGOs to improve their impact, and that all NGOs should do it unless there is a clear reason not to.







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