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December 7-8, 2016

GIIN Investor Forum 2016
Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

The forum features more than 600 delegates focused on impact investment. Jürgen Hammer, the SPTF Board Chairman, will co-lead the Dec. 7 workshop, "Do we need an evidence base to grow the Impact Investment industry?" 

December 14, 2016, 9:30 am EST

Introduction to the Impact Management Project Webinar

Bridges Impact+ will provide an overview of the Impact Management Project and share opportunities for SPTF investor members to provide feedback.  This webinar is for investors only. 

January 17-18, 2017

Committing to Action: Accelerating Financial Inclusion through Partnership in Uganda
Kampala, Uganda

The Microfinance CEO Working Group (MCWG), the Smart Campaign and the Association of Microfinance Institutions of Uganda (AMFIU) will host a meeting to discuss ways to accelerate financial inclusion and client protection in Uganda. Please register for this event. 

March 15-16, 2017

SPTF Social Investor Working
Group Meeting 
Zurich, Switzerland

The 2017 SPTF Social Investor Working Group Meeting, which will be hosted by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Swiss Capacity Building Facility (SCBF), and the University of Zürich Center for Microfinance, is open to all investors participating in the group. On March 16, following the meeting, SDC will host a half-day Savings and Credit Forum. Please register for the meeting. 



The 2017 SPTF Investor Meeting

Registration for the 2017 SPTF Investor Meeting is now open! The meeting will be held in Zurich on March 15-16. The draft agenda and travel information are now available. Please contact Leticia Emme with any questions.


The SPTF Guidelines for Financial Service Providers Serving Refugees 

The final version of the guidelines for FSPs on financial inclsuion for refugees, written by SPTF consultant Lene Hansen, is now available. The SPTF thanks all of its members who provided their feedback on the draft version. 

Managing Social Performance: Toward a New “Business as Usual”

Katherine Knotts, an SPTF consultant, explains what’s ahead for the SPTF as social performance management evolves from “a new way of doing business” to “business as usual.”


SPTF Featured Member

Tom Shaw and Mohamed Attanda

The SPTF welcomes two new board members to its Board of Directors this month: Tom Shaw (Catholic Relief Services) (pictured) and Mohamed Attanda (Microfinance African Institutions Network - MAIN). Thank you to all members who participated in the election and to Mr. Shaw and Mr. Attanda for their commitment to the responsible inclusive finance sector and the SPTF over the years. We are honored to have them on board. 


News From Our Members

Kashf Foundation wins the 7th European Microfinance Award 

This year's European Microfinance Award, which recognized excellence and innovation in microfinance and access to education, was awarded to Kashf Foundation. Its program involves loans for low-cost private schools, along with pedagogical training for teachers and specialised school management courses for school owners. The award was organized by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the European Microfinance Platform, and the Inclusive Finance Network Luxembourg.



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Resources and References

Explore the resources below for tools and guidance to help strengthen your social performance management and achieve your social and financial goals.

Universal Standards for Social Performance Management Technical Assistance Database Universal Standards Implementation Guide
SPI4 Tool SPTF Guidance Notes SPTF Resource Center
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