SPTF analyzing applicability of Universal Standards to SMEs
As financial services to low-income clients expand into new services and technologies, investors are increasingly asking about the applicability of the Universal Standards beyond traditional microfinance. To address this, SPTF and e-MFP are creating a joint Action Group to assess how SPM standards apply to SME lenders.
The group will start by analyzing the differences in assessing SPM for providers that finance micro-entrepreneurs vs. those that finance SMEs. It will map tools used by MIVs and DFIs investing in FSPs that have part of their portfolio in SMEs. Given this analysis, the group will work to identify the best indicators for evaluating the SPM of SME lenders, with the goal of eventually creating a comprehensive assessment/due diligence tool.
SPTF will share its initial findings at conferences later this year: African Microfinance Week in October and European Microfinance Week in November.