Accion is a global nonprofit dedicated to creating economic opportunity by connecting people to the financial tools they need to improve their lives. A world pioneer in microfinance, it was founded in 1961 and issued its first micro loan in 1973. Over time, Accion has helped build 62 microfinance institutions in 31 countries on four continents—Africa, Asia, Latin America and the U.S. These institutions are currently reaching millions of clients.
CGAP is an independent policy and research center dedicated to advancing financial access for the world’s poor. It is supported by over 30 development agencies and private foundations who share a common mission to alleviate poverty. Housed at the World Bank, CGAP provides market intelligence, promotes standards, develops innovative solutions and offers advisory services to governments, financial service providers, donors, and investors.
MIX is the premier source for objective, qualified and relevant microfinance performance data and analysis. Committed to strengthening financial inclusion and the microfinance sector by promoting transparency, MIX provides performance information on microfinance institutions (MFIs), funders, networks and service providers dedicated to serving the financial sector needs for low-income clients. MIX fulfills its mission through a variety of platforms.
State Street Center for Applied Research (CAR) conducts targeted research designed to provide clients with strategic insights into issues that will shape the future of the investment industry. Building on the success of State Street Corporation’s established Vision thought leadership program, CAR brings together resources within the industry and across State Street to produce timely research on the topics that are most important to investors worldwide.