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The Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI) is a network of 41 institutions working towards the rapid development of the microfinance industry in the Philippines. The 41 institutions include 34 practitioners and 7 service providers. While membership among the practitioners is currently dominated by non-government organizations (NGOs), the roster of practitioners also includes microfinance-oriented rural banks, one thrift bank, and one credit cooperative.
In 1996, a group of microfinance NGOs in the Philippines initiated the “Developing Standards for Microfinance Project”, to address the lack of capacity of Philippine MFIs to reach the poor on a sustainable basis. The project was funded by the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) mission in the Philippines and its goal was to develop performance standards to achieve increased outreach and sustainability. To achieve this goal, key players in the microfinance industry came together and formed the Philippine Coalition for Microfinance Standards. The Coalition was comprised of 69 institutions and represented most of the key stakeholders working in microfinance in the Philippines.
In 1998, the Coalition’s Policy Advisory Group agreed “to establish an institution that will continue the work of the Coalition beyond the life of the Standards Project”. The institution was named the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. and became a legally registered institution in 1999. MCPI’s vision is to be a world-class national network of microfinance institutions providing sustainable, innovative, and client-responsive solutions to poverty reduction. MFIs with sizeable operations are members of MCPI.
As of December 2004, the MCPI network has a total outreach of 732,384 active borrowers with a gross loan portfolio of PhP 3.2 billion.
MCPI’s vision is to be a world-class national network of microfinance institutions providing sustainable, innovative, and client-responsive solutions to poverty reduction. In this regard, MCPI’s provides support services to its member-MFIs through the following: promoting the adoption of poverty assessment tools, social performance monitoring systems; promoting the adoption of and adherence to international performance standards; advocating for a policy environment that is conducive to the growth and development of a market-oriented microfinance sector; helping build members' capacity for innovation that enhances the development of a market oriented microfinance sector; promoting market-oriented microfinance products and services; initiating the conduct of international and national forums for best practice microfinance; and mobilizing resources and networking with government, donors, funding agencies, investors, and financial markets in order to enhance the development of the microfinance sector.
MCPI member-institutions are among the major players in the Philippine microfinance industry. MCPI maintains strong linkages with government agencies such as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, National Credit Council – Department of Finance, and National Anti-Poverty Commission. MCPI is allied with international organizations such as the ADB, UNDP, CORDAID, ICCO, SEEP Network, The MIX, and Citigroup. It has good relationships with other network organizations like NATCCO, APPEND, and RBAP.
MCPI Network Capacity Assessment, Final Report, May 2005
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