About the mcwg

Formed in 2011, The Microfinance CEO Working Group is a collaborative effort of leading international organizations. Harnessing the power of the CEOs and their senior managers, the MCWG advocates for responsible financial services and seeks catalytic opportunities to accelerate financial access to the unserved.


Responsible Financial Inclusion

Supporting the development & adoption of industry standards that promote the delivery of high-quality financial services to the traditionally excluded.

Partnering for Development

Seizing catalytic advocacy opportunities to advance financial inclusion and financial consumer protection.

Reports & Publications

Exploring the challenges and opportunities of Responsible Financial Inclusion through reports and publications.

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Voices From the Field

With help from a series of loans from FINCA, Julia Maria Ixchop Us De Ventura grew her street-based food business into a thriving restaurant inside a Guatemalan market. The income from the business has helped her and her husband pay their children’s school fees, renovate their home, and support their aging parents.


BRAC client Ruth Monger is a group leader of her village organization, a women’s group based in Jacobtown, Liberia — an area that was hit hard by the Ebola crisis of 2014. Ruth was a key source of support for her group during and after the crisis, even helping other members to make payments when they were unable to do so.


Thanks to her loan from DAWN, an Accion partner in Myanmar, tea shop owner Daw Thein Thein Win no longer needs to rely on high-interest moneylenders for financing. Instead, she can now buy milk and other supplies from the wholesale market and still have enough money left over to set something aside for her children’s education.

Daw Thein Thein Win
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Global Footprint

Latest Blog Posts

Microfinance Leaders Welcome Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance to Working Group

The Microfinance CEO Working Group (MCWG) welcomes a new member to their international collaboration, Jesse Fripp, General Manager of the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM). AKAM reaches nearly one million low-income households and small business borrowers and savers across 10 countries in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, lending over $300 million per […]

Grameen Foundation and Freedom from Hunger Join Forces to unleash the Power of We

The following announcement was originally published on the Grameen Foundation website. Grameen Foundation and Freedom from Hunger are founding members of the Microfinance CEO Working Group.  By Steve Hollingworth and Kathleen Stack Grameen Foundation and Freedom from Hunger are proud to announce that we have joined forces to form a single unified organization. Under the banner of Grameen […]

Advocating for balanced research on the delivery of financial services

By Sharlene Brown, Executive Director, Microfinance CEO Working Group It’s been just over ten weeks since I took the helm as executive director of the Microfinance CEO Working Group (MCWG) and there’s been a lot to learn about this coalition of CEOs promoting responsible practices in the microfinance industry. What strikes me most is that […]

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