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Oikocredit Support Associations are collectives of volunteers whose members are engaged in promoting Oikocredit’s mission. Volunteer associations are part of a long-standing tradition in Oikocredit’s work. In addition to being active volunteers for Oikocredit, Support Associations are members of the Oikocredit International cooperative.

Oikocredit has two Support Associations based in the US – the Western Pennsylvania Support Association and the Oikocredit Northwest Support Association based in Seattle. Click on the regions to learn more about how you can get involved in your local Support Association.

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Data analysis and capacity building: linking good intentions with good results

1582-lolc-kh-1500pxs-01.jpgApril 06 2016

Microfinance institutions can support sustainable poverty alleviation, but only if they reach the right clients with the right services. Oikocredit’s client outcomes programme uses capacity building to support its partners in delivering on good intentions, helping them become stronger social businesses. At the heart of the client outcomes programme is the development of our partners’ capacity to collect and analyze data and their use of this analysis to inform their business practices.

You can click here to read a summary of the programme, including case studies and the programme’s aims for expanding the reach of its analytical approach in the coming years. The client outcomes programme has also enabled Oikocredit to carry out analysis on unique datasets and contribute to the global conversation on increasing the effectiveness of financial inclusion in the alleviation of poverty. You can read the first results of this analysis here.

The client outcomes programme is one of three global capacity building programmes established by Oikocredit. The other two focus areas for Oikocredit’s capacity building are financial services and agriculture. In 2015, Oikocredit supported its partners with 140 capacity building engagements with a total value of €1.7 million.

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