Bridging the Gap

Knowledge Management Support to Department of State, PMSA Phase II

Connexus has been contracted by Dexis Consulting Group to provide a long-term Knowledge Management Specialist to provide assessment, monitoring, and evaluation (AME) and technical services to support the Department of State’s Bureau of Political and Military Affairs, Office of Security Assistance (PM/SA). The Bureau of Political and Military Affairs is the lead bureau responsible for […]

Organized Learning Event on the Role of Communities in Building Resilient Health Systems

The first-ever Cracking the Nut Health conference brought almost 200 participants from 25 countries to discuss Health innovations, the role of front-line health workers, private sector engagement, data access and ownership, and many more thought-provoking quandaries in this ever changing world. The learning event, entitled Cracking the Nut Health: The Role of Communities in Building […]

Financing Ghanaian Agriculture Project (FinGAP)

In Ghana, Connexus worked on the USAID Financing Ghanaian Agriculture Project (USAID FinGAP), leading the training and coaching activities to build the institutional capacity of financial institutions (FIs) to engage in agricultural financial services more effectively. Connexus adapted its well-respected agricultural value chain finance training to the Ghanaian context and conducted more advanced training modules […]

Agricultural Value Chain Finance Training

In collaboration with FAO, Connexus designed and delivered a successful two-day training in Washington, DC on agricultural value chain finance to development practitioners from around the world. Through the training, participants learned value chain concepts, and how to assess risks and identify opportunities to strengthen value chains. Since the initial training, Connexus has delivered 20 […]

MasterCard Foundation Symposia on Financial Inclusion

Connexus and BLE Solutions served as Learning Partner for The MasterCard Foundation Symposia on Financial Inclusion. Presented in partnership with the Boulder Institute of Microfinance, the Symposia sought to change how financial service providers and microfinance industry leaders think about and design their products and services, placing clients at the center. Through the Learning Partnership, […]

FS Series #8: Rural and Agricultural Finance for Food Security

Using a participatory methodology, Conexus organized a workshop and developed a primer, case studies, diagnostic checklist, and model scope of work on how to use rural and agricultural finance to improve food security. Connexus presented the primer and templates to USAID staff, who expressed appreciation for Connexus’ ability to manage a delicate subject, balancing concerns […]

Youth Development Program for Sub-Saharan Africa

Connexus advised United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) on the design of a holistic approach to support youth development, including access to demand-driven financial services and non-financial services via linkages with youth service organizations (YSOs). Connexus assisted in the review and revisions of a funding proposal for the MasterCard Foundation.

Cross-Sectoral Youth (CSY) Project

Connexus supported a one-year holistic project to improve employment opportunities and enterprises for youth in Eastern Congo, including design of market-driven training and coaching programs and a monitoring and evaluation system to measure the financial and social performance impacts. Through the program, Connexus designed and delivered four training sessions on basic accounting and cash flow […]

Akazi Kanoze

Connexus designed and delivered training courses on credit and risk analysis for youth-oriented loan products for Akazi Kanoze youth borrowers and staff. Connexus also provided technical assistance to COOJAD, a microfinance cooperative focused on serving young entrepreneurs in Rwanda. With our technical assistance, senior management staff learned how to implement and manage a USAID-DCA guarantee […]

Haiti Integrated Financing for Value Chain and Enterprise (HIFIVE)

Connexus worked with ACDI/VOCA on the USAID Haiti Integrated Financing for Value Chain and Enterprise (HIFIVE) project to draft training modules for a one-day workshop for actors in the mango value chain and representatives from financial institutions. Connexus tailored the training to local needs.

Training of Trainers: Building Analytical Skills for Microfinance Decision-Making

Connexus designed and delivered a training of trainers for microfinance institution managers and network and support organizations to build analytical skills in improved risk management and decision-making in a time of global economic crisis. The training included modules for analyzing financial, operational, and social performance and portfolio quality. It was delivered to more than 50 […]

Social Performance Management Standards

Connexus worked with the Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) to define the Universal Standards for Performance Management, a set of standards to help financial service providers achieve their social goals. The purpose of the standards is to establish clear expectations for social performance and reporting to be used by microfinance institutions, investors, donors, and social […]

Integrating Social Performance Management (SPM) into Middle East and North African MFIs

For Sanabel, The Microfinance Network of Arab Countries, Connexus managed a project aimed at providing guidance, tools, and technical assistance to develop comprehensive social performance management systems in Sanabel Network microfinance institutions. Activities included an action planning workshop with regional consultants, social performance management training for 20 MFIs, follow-up technical assistance, and a training to […]

Social Performance Management Policy Templates

Connexus collected draft policies from microfinance institutions related to social performance management and converted them into generic templates to guide microfinance institutions in setting policies for the Social Performance Task Force.

Researched and Authored Social Performance Management (SPM) Guide

Connexus conducted research and guided a participatory process involving more than 50 microfinance practitioners, which resulted in the design of a Social Performance Management Guide for microfinance institutions entitled, “Putting the ‘social’ into performance management: A practice-based guide for microfinance.” Connexus presented the findings at a Social Performance Task Force meeting and a SEEP Network […]