What we do
- Research and Performance Monitoring
We believe that for real development of microfinance, knowledge based approach must be established and practitioners make informed decisions, learn from their mistakes and progressively improve their professionalism.
- Ensure products development and refinement for member MFIs which include group lending products, micro leasing products, agri-lending including middle range products, mobile banking products and others.
- Promote responsible financing by member MFIs by managing all projects related to Social Performance Management and Financial education
- Supervise all other project officers that can fall under this department as may be determined by the ED
- Ensure sustainable financial intermediations which include linking member MFIs to refinancing agencies like social investors and commercial banks
- Develop, implement and manage an integrated research and publication protocol for the AMIR, including the development of research request processes and procedures
- Monitoring the supervision of progress reports
- Be the contact between external researchers and the AMIR
- Benchmark the work of AMIR and to liaise with other related national and international research bodies
- Possess operational responsibility for work program implementation arising from AMIR’s strategic plan, including the development of new projects
- Develop and draw up high quality project plans, proposal and reports to support AMIR’s business
- Proactively develop and maintain good working relationships with all AMIR stakeholders
- Maintain a good level of knowledge and understanding of activity, best practice, and strategy and policy developments of key stakeholders that may impinge on the work of AMIR.
- Proactively maintain professional development
- Support and contribute to other aspects of AMIR’s work program as required.
- Communication and membership affairs:
The objective is to facilitate and promote exchange of information in the microfinance sector on issues related to micro financing actors. Management of membership.
- RESPONSIBLE AND INCLUSIVE FINANCE
- Represent the sector in different forums (local, regional and international), meetings, workshops and conferences
- Promote self-regulation through a AMIR members Code of Conduct that includes consumer protection
- Promote financial education among members and their clients, with an emphasis on children, youth and women and Increase financial Inclusion
To achieve its mission, AMIR since then entered into partnership with various organizations outside and inside Rwanda such as follow;
Various Microfinance professional Associations, Microfinance networks, different international NGOs like SEEP Network, Terrafina Microfinance, ICCO, OIKCREDIT, SBFIC, RABOBANK FOUNDATION, TROCAIRE in the strengthening the development of Microfinance Sector in Rwanda supporting AMIR members in capacity building, research and development and advocacy of the sector. In the area of Financial Education, AMIR entered into partnerships with SBFIC, Aflatoun, DFID, RABOBANK FOUNDATION, CYFI, Master Card Foundation and BIFSIR Project under UNDCF.
AMIR as the umbrella of MICROFINANCE Institutions in Rwanda has considered gender through all financial inclusion programs implemented by AMIR. Specific programs were implemented for women such as VSLAs by AMIR own resources or with the partnerships like the one of CARE International, OXFAM, Aflatoun, Rabobank, AFR, DFID.
AMIR emphasises on human rights but through its mission of supporting the professional development and initiates of the microfinance sector in Rwanda, AMIR also developed the Code of conduct and client protection principles for its members and this CoC is being implemented with the promotion of client protection principles.
AMIR’s first mission is to ensure advocacy for the Microfinance Sector practitioners towards rules and regulations and limitations that can affect both investors in and beneficiaries of the microfinance sector. In this line, the recent general Assembly of AMIR adopted the Microfinance sector coordination with emphasis on controlling all activities related to financial Inclusion in AMIR members in sense of quality and achievements for reporting and harmonization purposes and this will help both government partners’ initiatives to effectively perform programs and efficiency.