Microfinance Community, Solution Exchange India

What is Microfinance CoP?

Microfinance Community of Practice was launched in October 2006. The community is facilitated by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and having around 4000 members from banks, donor agencies, and community based organizations, civil society institutions, microfinance Institutions (MFIs), Associations and networks of Microfinance.

Microfinance community works as a powerful instrument of knowledge sharing to develop individual and organizational capacities and strengthen policy environment to reduce poverty through microfinance initiatives and innovations leading to enhance financial inclusion.

Till date, more than 250 knowledge products including consolidated replies, updates, reports of roundtables and workshops, Action group reports, Ready Reckoner, Synthesis documents are produced and disseminated by Microfinance community.

Microfinance Community undertakes eight types of activities and services - Virtual Knowledge Sharing Services; Regular Information Services; Knowledge to Practice Services (Virtual and Non Virtual Activities); Research Based Activities; Publication Services; Key Information / Resource Services; Face to Face Events; and Networking Services.

What is Solution Exchange?

Launched in 2005, Solution Exchange India is an online platform that facilitates knowledge sharing and learning amongst people, practitioners and communities dedicated to addressing development challenges in India. Run by the United Nations in India online groups, called communities of practice, the platform enables members of academia, non-governmental organizations, grassroots practitioners and government researchers to share experiences and best practices, build partnerships, learn about the latest technologies that can help advance change and brainstorm with peers towards solutions that can improve the lives of the poorest and most marginalized.

Launched in 2005, Solution Exchange India (SE) is an online platform that facilitates knowledge sharing and learning amongst people, practitioners and communities dedicated to addressing development challenges in India. Run by the United Nations in India, online groups, called CoP, the platform enables members of academia, non-governmental organizations, grassroots practitioners, researchers and the government functionaries to share experiences and best practices, build partnerships, learn about the latest technologies that can help advance change and brainstorm with peers towards solutions that can improve the lives of the poorest and most marginalized. 

How does it work?

SE works through 12 thematic ‘Communities of Practice’ (CoP) that focus on connecting practitioners; tapping knowledge; disseminating experiences; facilitating feedback; seeding ideas; replicating good practices; and catalyzing collaborations. Everyone in a CoP belongs to a mail-group, facilitated by a resource team located in a UN Agency, which helps members to connect, share and collaborate virtually as well as face-to-face. 

Who can become a Member?

Microfinance CoP members are practitioners from a wide range of public and private organizations who share an interest in decentralization and local governance. These include Government and semi-government functionaries; elected representatives at all tiers of local governance, both rural and urban; representatives of multilateral and bilateral donor agencies; students; NGO workers; academicians, researchers and independent professionals.

To join the CoP or get further details, write to se-mf@solutionexchange-un.net.in

Events

Roundtable on State of the Sector Report 2013 – Microfinance

Roundtable on State of the Sector Report 2013 – Microfinance
19 August 2013, New Delhi - A roundtable to discuss the State of the Sector Report (SOS) report– Microfinance, a report that covers not only the status of microfinance in India but also the issues, innovations, models and practices involved in the sector, was organized by the Microfinance Community of the Solution Exchange, United Nations. 

In the News

Stories of Change
Knowledge for Action: United Nations Solution Exchange Receives Global Recognition

The United Nations flagship knowledge management initiative, Solution Exchange has received the eWorld Public Choice Award at the Second eWorld Forum in New Delhi on 15 June. The growing network of over 35,000 members has been recognized in the category of ‘Best Initiative for Localized Application/ Content’.