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Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)


The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) was established in 1995 by nine development institutions as a trust fund attached to the World Bank, in order to develop common standards and to enhance donor harmonisation in the field of microfinance promotion. In consultation with its members, the CGAP deals with topical issues and trends in the field of microfinance and makes the results available to a wide spectrum of international actors. These include issues that are particularly relevant for German development cooperation, such as social standards in microfinance, micro-insurance, enabling policies and environments to help poor sections of the population gain access to financial services, and the use of modern technologies in microfinance.

The CGAP is an important point of reference for the international positioning of German development policy and is mandated to review the effectiveness of the development cooperation of its members at regular intervals.

German development cooperation plays an active role in the various CGAP bodies. The BMZ has been involved since 1999. It contributed technical and financial inputs worth a total of 2.64 million euros to the CGAP between 1999 and 2008. In 2009 Germany pledged almost 370,000 US dollars to the CGAP.

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The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)

900 19th Street NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: +1 / 202 / 4 73 95 94
Fax: +1 / 202 / 5 22 37 44

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