Research Projects

The Council leads and participates in highly topical, forward-looking research studies, as well as ad hoc and ongoing projects, that provide value to both members and the industry. Through these initiatives, it endeavors to articulate and disseminate the CMEF members’ knowledge and expertise about microfinance and investing. 

Current and recent initiatives have included, but are not limited to the following:

  • Board Remuneration Survey: The CMEF conducted a first-ever survey of members regarding board remuneration practices at MFIs. This survey we conducted in collaboration with the MicroFinance Network (MFN) with data from both MFIs and CMEF member funds to create more transparency for Council members on this issue. The results of this survey were shared with Council members and are also discussed here.

  • The “Get Real” Valuation Project: Some investors are starting to evaluate whether actual returns from investing in microfinance are matching up with expectations, and are also looking for industry benchmarks to measure the performance of their funds. While plenty of data exists on debt returns, there is less information on equity returns. A blind study has been conducted so CMEF members can share a range of their returns confidentially with other Council members. The survey results were shared with CMEF members.

  • Equity MIV Compensation Study: In 2009, the CMEF hired a consulting firm to conduct the first-ever comprehensive compensation study for equity MIVs.  Data was collected, aggregated, and analyzed from each Council member regarding base and incentive pay, and has been shared within the CMEF.