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Promising Approaches for Reaching Very Poor People

Promising Approaches for Reaching Very Poor People

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Published by: Poverty Outreach Working Group (POWG) on Apr 25, 2011
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Presentation byLaura Foose, Alternative Credit Technologies, LLCand Jan Maes, Trickle UpMarch 11, 2005The Implications of the
Microenterprise for Resultsand Accountability Act of 2004
 ±Promising Approaches for Reaching Very Poor People
What are the implications of theMicroenterprise Results andAccountability Act of 2004 (H.R.3818)?
Why did the legislation come aboutand what do advocates of it hopewill be accomplished?
What are promising approaches for reaching very poor people?
How can microfinance productsand services be designed toachieve greater depth of outreach?
Microenterprise Results and Accountability Act of Microenterprise Results and Accountability Act of 2004 (H.R. 3818)2004 (H.R. 3818)
The legislation requires that 50% of all USAIDmicroenterprise resources benefit the very poor 
The legislation defines the term very poor as thosehouseholds living in the bottom 50% below the nationallydefined poverty line or those living on the equivalent of lessthan $1/day (in Purchasing Power Parity (PPP)).
In addition, the legislation requires USAID to develop, fieldtest and certify no fewer then two low-cost methods for partner institutions to assess the poverty level of their currentand prospective clients.
 All partner organizations applying for microenterpriseassistance from USAID will be required to begin using thecertified tools to determine and report the poverty level of current and prospective clients no later than
ctober 1, 2006.

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