Beyond Codes in the Philippines

> Posted by Kelley Mesa

An article in yesterday’s Business Mirror (Philippines), highlights the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP) and its recent participation in the Center’s Beyond Codes action research project.

In her most recent round of field work, wrapped up this week, Center Senior Fellow Heather Clark trained staff from RBAP, the Microfinance Council of the Philippines Inc.(a national network), and the Philippines Central Bank, in the how to’s for conducting guided self-assessments and analyzing client protection practices. One rural bank, two NGOs, and one cooperative are participating in the Beyond Codes Philippines project and will be carrying out the consumer protection assessment process this month.  The organizations that received training can use the guided self-assessment methodology to evaluate their network members and identify model practices, areas of vulnerability, and possible pilot projects to improve practices. Earlier assessments for this project were conducted in Bosnia and Mexico. A Dialogue Group to discuss the findings of the field testing is scheduled for November 9th and 10th.

The Center’s Beyond Codes project is a part of the industry-wide Campaign for Client Protection. A draft of the self-assessment tool is now available.

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