The Microcredit Summit Campaign is the only worldwide organization that establishes bold global goals for expanding the use of microcredit to reduce poverty, annually measures progress toward meeting those goals, and actively influences policy makers and practitioners to ensure that barriers to the goals are removed so that microfinance becomes a leading instrument for empowering the world’s poorest families.
The Campaign's goals are:
1) reaching 175 million of the world’s poorest families with microcredit, affecting 875 million family members; and
2) ensuring that 100 million of the world’s poorest families rise above the US$1 a day threshold, lifting 500 million family members out of extreme poverty.
The Campaign organizes nine global and regional summits on four continents between 2006 and 2016 for more than 10,000 leaders in the field in order to deepen commitment to the Campaign’s goals and advance its learning agenda.
The Campaign also runs trainings in Asia, Africa, and Latin America on cost-effectively integrating microfinance with health education to empower women and enhance families movement out of poverty; and trainings with the largest MFIs in the world on using cost-effective tools to measure client progress above the US$1 a day threshold, critical to measuring progress toward the Summit’s new poverty reduction goal.
The Campaign commissions and publishes cutting-edge papers for discussion in sessions at global and regional meetings; circulates e-news bulletins to more than 14,000 in four languages; works with federal parliaments in donor countries to encourage the major donor agencies to have their work contribute measurably to achieving the Summit’s goals.
Microcredit grew from reaching 7.6 million of the world’s poorest families in 1997 to nearly 100 million in 2005, fueling the decision to extend the Campaign to 2015.
The Campaign launched the poverty measurement discussion group in 1997, the poverty measurement tool kit in 1998, and the dissemination of those tools to more than 3,000 practitioners in 35 countries from 2001-2005 to address the absence of poverty measurement tools. The Campaign also launched two-hour classroom sessions and trainings on cost-effectively integrating microfinance with education in HIV/AIDS prevention, child survival, and reproductive health in Asia and Africa.
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