As part of its commitment to measure the social impact of microfinance on the poor, the Indonesia Microfinance Association (IMA) requires all its member organizations to implement Social Performance Management (SPM). And in partnership with Plan International and the Grameen Foundation, IMA introduced the Progress Out of Poverty Index™ (PPI™) as a SPM tool to its members in a PPI Training of Trainer (ToT) workshop on May 25-27 in Bandung, West Java.
This initial training was attended by 32 participants from 19 organizations, including banks (Bank Sahabat, Bank Andara , Sampoerna Microfinance) , BPRs (Rural Credit Banks), cooperatives (Syariah Cooperatives), venture capital firms , and microfinance foundations as well as private companies such as Chevron and a state-owned enterprise focusing on microfinance (PNM). Due to the high demand for the training, IMA and Plan International Indonesia held a second training session June 15-17. Kreshna Aditya from Bank Sahabat attended the first session. He reports that Bank Sahabat has already been using the PPI, but with a questionnaire from the Philippines. “With this training, we could have the correct PPI questionnaire for Indonesia and implement it in our organization.”
Muchlis Ali of Plan International Indonesia also attended the first training, which he described as “interesting, fun and applicable. We will use the PPI for our Youth Economic Empowerment Program,” he said.
From the second session, Freddy Tamira of BISMA said,“ Now we could understand the concept of Social Performance Management and the tools to measure it. PPI is very simple and easy to use. BISMA will introduce PPI to our member MFIs.”
Many organizations from both sessions already have followed up their training by introducing the PPI internally within their institutions. These organizations include: Sampoerna, Bank Sahabat, DINARI, MBM, TLM , KBMT, Widhatul Ummah and BISMA.
To learn more about the PPI for Indonesia, download documents from our Indonesia PPI Toolkit.
Frans Purnama is a guest blogger on the Progress Out of Poverty blog. Frans is a Microfinance Advisor for Plan International in Indonesia. In addition to starting his own MFI in Tangerang in 1998, Frans has worked with MFIs in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Timor Leste. He is currently based in Jakarta.