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Global Microfinance Achievement Awards 2011

C5 is proud to launch the Global Microfinance Achievement Awards.  These awards recognise the efforts, innovations and services that ensure maximum business and social returns within this vitally important sector.  The Awards are designed to offer a unique opportunity to highlight and promote innovation and performance at the company, project or individual level.  A celebration dedicated to those that work tirelessly to promote excellence in the microfinance marketplace.

The Global Microfinance Achievement Awards will take place on the 6th of July at C5’s Microfinance Investment Summit, the industry gathering of the year for financial institutions, MFIs, NGOs, MIVs and all other major stakeholders.

All finalists will be judged by a panel of microfinance thought leaders from around the world to determine which organisation stands out for their achievements and why


  1. Best Social Performance

    Buksh Foundation
    Microfinance Transparency

    It's a Tie

  2. Best Performing MFI

    Wasasa Microfinance Institution S.C

  3. Most Innovative Microfinance Product

    Al Amal Microfinance Bank

  4. Most Innovative Use of Technology


  5. Highest Customer Orientation

    Angkor Mikroheranhvatho Kampuchea Co. Ltd (AMK) 

  6. Leader of the Year

    Nadeem Hussain, Founder, President and CEO, Tameer Microfinance Bank Limited

Unparalleled Panel of Judges

Edvardas Bumsteinas, Investment Officer, European Investment Bank

Rafael Jabba, SME Banking and Microfinance, African Development Bank

Jürgen Hammer, Chief Investment Officer, Grameen Crédit Agricole Microfinance Foundation

Royston Braganza, CEO, Grameen Capital

Noor Aftab, Director Finance & Co-founder, Shahina Aftab Foundation

Achievement Award Categories

  1. Best Social Performance
  2. Best Performing MFI
  3. Most Innovative Microfinance Product
  4. Most Innovative Use of Technology
  5. Highest Customer Orientation
  6. Leader of the Year


The Awards are open to Financial Institutions, Private Equity Investors, Fund Managers, MIVs, MFIs, NGOs and all other stakeholders in the industry. Entries for all awards must consist of products, projects, initiatives and individuals directly related to microfinance and which have been introduced, implemented or completed by March 2011.

How many entries?

You may submit one or more qualifying entry for several  awards, however each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form.

Nomination process

Organisations may nominate themselves or others.

All short listed candidates will be notified by 30th June 2011


Closing Date for entries – 20th June 2011

Short listing – The short list will be published by 30th June 2011

Judging panel  – will meet in July 2011

How to Enter

  1. Click the link under your chosen category for Entry Criteria
  2. Complete your entry(s) as per the criteria
  3. Send your entry(s) to: