All Party Parliamentary Group on Microfinance


In November 2010 the APPG on Microfinance announced  that we would be undertaking an inquiry into the role of microfinance in tackling extreme poverty and the way in which donors such as the UK Government should seek to contribute to the microfinance field.

The final report on the inquiry has now been published. There are two versions of the report:

We have received two responses from the Government to the report:

The APPG plans to hold a debate in Parliament to discuss the report findings and the Government response. More information will be available shortly.

The Inquiry received written evidence from 25 people and organisations, and also held three oral evidence sessions in the House of Lords. More information and links to many of the submissions and the notes from the oral evidence sessions are below.

The Inquiry's terms of reference can be found here.

The report was launched at an event in the House of Commons on Wednesday 8 June 2011 from 12:30-1:30pm. Full details are available here.

Oral evidence sessions

Wednesday 23 March 2011


Professor Thankom Arun, Lancashire Business School
Dr Kate Maclean, King's College London
Professor Paul Mosley, University of Sheffield

Notes from the session are available here.

Tuesday 29 March 2011


Rosalind Copisarow
Maude Massu, CARE International
Roger Witcombe, Opportunity International

Claire Innes, Department for International Development

Notes from the session are available here.

Monday 4 April 2011


Sukhwinder Arora, Oxford Policy Management
Marcus Fedder, Agora Microfinance
Chris Bold, CGAP

Notes from the session are available here.

Written submissions of evidence

An initial summary of the written submissions is available here.

In addition, the following submitters have given us permission to publish the  full evidence they provided:

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