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April 18, 2017 in Branchless Banking, Center for Financial Inclusion, Client Focus, Client Protection, Events, Financial Inclusion, Governance, Microfinance, Resources, Smart Campaign, Social Performance, Technology | Tags: 2016 Financial Inclusion Banana Skins, Al Amana, Arabic Microfinance Gateway, Avanz Capital, Banana Skins, Calmeadow Foundation, Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank (FMO), Fintech, FMO, Governance, IFC, Impact Investing, Jordan, MENA, Microfinance, Microfinance Gateway, Middle East and North Africa, SANABEL, Smart Certification, Universal Standards for Social Performance Management | by Center for Financial Inclusion | Leave a comment
> Posted by Miranda Beshara, Arabic Microfinance Gateway
Governance is a business imperative, and investors are willing to pay a premium for effective corporate governance. This was one of the key takeaways from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Governance and Strategic Leadership Seminar, held recently in Amman, Jordan. We’ve seen this stated priority of governance in the MENA microfinance market exhibited elsewhere, too. A joint IFC-Sanabel report assessing the top perceived risks facing the microfinance industry in the Arab world uncovered that the market’s stakeholders viewed weak corporate governance structures as one of the more threatening risks out of roughly 30 risk categories. Financial service providers in particular perceive this risk to be rising.