Social finance
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Social finance


With an emphasis on social justice, the ILO's Social Finance Programme supports efforts to extend financial services to excluded persons by addressing two main goals:
  1. The promotion of better employment; and
  2. A reduction in the vulnerability of the working poor.
The pursuit of better employment means creating jobs and improving the quality of employment through innovative financial services and conducive policies. The reduction of vulnerability can be achieved by improving access to appropriate risk managing financial services, including microinsurance.
Poverty  anywhere  is  a  threat  to  prosperity  everywhere"
ILO Declaration of Philadelphia, 1944

What's New

  1. 29th Development Conference held by the "Association Tiers Monde''
    University of Paris Est Créteil, Paris, France - 6-8 June 2013

    The theme of this edition is ''Informal economy and development: employment, financing and regulation in a context of crisis''It is a relevant platform for the Social Finance Programme to share some of the results of the Microfinance for Decent Work Action Research mainly the productivity and occupational safety and health cluster.

  2. Third European Research Conference on Microfinance
    University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway - 10-12 June 2013

    Together with the research partner, University of Mannheim and two MFI representatives, NWTF and NRSP, the Social Finance Programme is going to present results of the Microfinance for Decent Work action research at the Conference. The conference will bring together more than 200 researchers from around the world making the conference the largest research event on microfinance ever!

  3. Joint CAS ILO Working Paper - Professional microcredit in France: what effect on employment?

    This Working Paper is the result of an ILO-CAS partnership to assess qualitative and societal aspects relating to the impact of professional microcredit. It formulates recommendations for a better assessment of the results of professional microcredit on employment in France.

  4. Training Course: Making Microfinance Work: Managing Product Diversification
    May 2013

    The International Training Centre of the ILO is pleased to announce the upcoming training on Making Microfinance Work: Managing Product Diversification. This training is designed for middle and senior managers in microfinance institutions. It is relevant for institutions that have already diversified and are looking for ways to manage their diversification more effectively, as well as institutions that have not diversified and are looking for guidance on where and how to begin.

  5. Social Finance Network Global Meeting 2013
    March 2013

    New and old members of the global Social Finance Network will meet at the ILO International Training Centre in Turin, Italy to learn more about the role of social finance in the work of the ILO.  Members will receive further training on social finance from the Social Finance Programme Team, as well as share their knowledge of social finance tools used in their respective regions.  The meeting will take place from March 25-27th, 2013.

  6. ILO's Microinsurance Innovation Facility Annual Report 2012
    February 2013

    The Microinsurance Innovation Facility annual report summarizes 2012's accomplishments and thoughts on the next phase of operation, beginning in 2014.  It describes microinsurance development and the experiences of our partners around the world while presenting lessons and new findings in microinsurance that were generated by project partners.

  7. Enhancing Clients' Livelihoods: Design, Implementation and Impact Evaluations of Decent Work Innovations in Microfinance
    November 2012

    The article from the Swiss Journal of Business Research and Practice presents the 17 innovations that were tested in the "Microfinance for Decent Work” (MF4DW) programme from 2008-2012 and discusses the lessons learnt during the implementation of these innovations and the accompanying research."

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