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Solidarity Finance

Published in May 2001

This Proposal Paper is a summary of the work by the Solidarity Finance Workshop.

The interventions of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in the Northern countries have set up a link between "savers" (those who possess financial assets) and borrowers (those who are lacking in such assets) by conferring an ethical nature to savings. The social link is created between populations with financial means (the wealthy) and those excluded from traditional financial circuits (the poor). In the countries of the South, microfinance programs only intervene among 'poor' people or those excluded from traditional banking systems. For such individuals, these social links constitute an important investment toward their integration and lasting participation in both society as a whole and the economy. Currently, as the euphoria of solidarity finance is fading and the sector has reached a crossroads, it is essential to tackle this issue, both in the North and in the South, from a social perspective that takes social links and social capital into account.

Coordinated by ...

- Antonin Prébois

Worked for the Foundation Charles Léopold Mayer, engaged in the animation of networks of NGO (in Africa and in Europe on the domain of economic initiatives). He studied Development in Paris, concerning the economic aspects of poverty in the North as well as in the South, and their historic, political and anthropological facets. He studied the transformation of the socioeconomic logics in action in the informal economy in Tunisia. He did some practicum as agent for a micro finance program in the poor districts of Tunis (Tunisia). He did at the same time a study of socioeconomic impact of this program.

Site - Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l’Homme (FPH)


- Renée Chao Beroff

Doctor in Economy and Finance, she is responsible for the Department of Survey and Research in the ICDR (International Center of Development and Research) since 1982. As such, she conceived and finalized the methodology of approach and the process of setting up and consolidation of villager self-managed saving and credit banks (CVECA), that has been successfully developed in numerous regions of Africa, since about fifteen years. She made numerous studies of identification, feasibility, advice and assessment in microfinance and in rural finance, in more than twenty countries of Africa and Asia, for the account of the ICDR as well as for bilateral and multilateral humanitarian agencies. (KFW, AFD, FENU, UNDP, GTZ, FIDA, USAID, World Bank...). She has experience in institutionalization and autonomisation of the microfinance institutions , and a good knowledge on the questions of regulation and supervision of this sector. Renée Chao-Beroff has participated with the Joint Working Group of the German Cooperation, on "struggle against poverty by self-promotion" from 1984 to 1989. She has organized and facilitated many workshops on exchange of experiences, in the north and in the south. She has intervened in academic conferences (IUED, Senghor University, Goethe…) and in experts conferences (DSE, CGAP, OECD, forum of microfinance in Mali...), on issues of microfinance, alternative financing of agriculture, development of micro enterprise and fight against poverty. She participates at the teaching at SYDEC, the formation session for the SFD of the CEFEB, since 1995. She has had a seat as member of the CGAP Policy Advisory Group from 1995 to 1999.

Site - Centre International de Développement et de Recherche (CIDR)


Topics Included

solidarity economy . social cohesion . social finance . world

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