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Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA) is the national network of Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) in Afghanistan. Realizing the need and relevance of a national level network in the sector, MISFA and its partner MFIs jointly decided to start the AMA in 2005. It has been operating as a coordinating body among all key stakeholders in the sector. As an institution AMA has got a few distinctive elements such as; an independent legal entity, strong memberships of the DFIs, positive relationships with key national stakeholders, potential regional and global exchanges and continued assistance from MISFA and institutional support from USAID/FAIDA since 2011.

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Vision:
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To promote financial inclusion through creation of an enabling environment for the development finance sector in Afghanistan.


Mission:
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To build an inclusive, sustainable and responsible development finance sector through policy advocacy, knowledge management, coordination and networking, and capacity building.


Core Services:
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AMA advocates on behalf of DFIs to influence government, legislators and other relevant stakeholders at national and regional levels. As a part of that, AMA organizes Program Awareness Meetings in different provinces with participation of Government officials, MFIs, CSPIs, Community leaders and religious circles. These meetings sensitize the provincial stakeholders and enhance their understanding on development finance to a great extent. AMA also takes on policy level issues/dialogues with Government of Afghanistan in collaboration with MISFA.

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With a view to ensure timely collection of sector level information and disseminating that among all stakeholders, AMA has designed well its knowledge management services. It makes sincere efforts to gather data from members and other relevant sources, collates and analyzes and share the information in the form of periodical publications. AMA conducts researches/studies as and when needed.

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AMA undertakes coordination and networking initiatives in the sector with all stakeholders. It facilitates better coordination and convergence among the service providers, practitioners, financial institutions and other stakeholders in the country. AMA builds bridges between its various partners through a number of forums, including CEOs and Regional Coordination Meetings.

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AMA coordinates various initiatives including trainings and exposures, peer learning workshops, scholarship programs, linkages with academic institutions mainly in collaboration with the AIBF. These capacity building activities enhances the knowledge and skills of Afghan staffs involved in implementing development finance programs.

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Board of Directors:


Mr. Frank van der Poll serves as Chief Executive Officer of The First Microfinance Bank (FMFB) Afghanistan and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA).



Ms. Zar Wardak serves as Regional Director of the network’s newly formed Middle East/South Asia (MESA) region and the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA).



Mr. Salim Khan serves as Chief Executive Officer of OXUS Afghanistan and a member of the Board of Directors of Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA).

Madhavan Ati



Mr. Madhavan Ati serves as Chief Executive Officer of Mutahid Development Finance Institution and a member of the Board of Directors of Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA).


Zarif Aminyar


Mr. Zarif Aminyar serves as Chief Executive Officer of Exchangerzone Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors of Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA).

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MFIs:

Exchangerzone Microfinance
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FINCA Afghanistan Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA).
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image 1 Islamic Investment & Finance Cooperatives (IIFC) Group.
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image 1 Mutahid Development Finance Institution.
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image 1 OXUS Afghanistan.
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MFB & FI
image 1 The First Microfinance Bank (FMFB) Afghanistan. Web Link
image 1 Afghan Rural Finance Company (ARFC). Web Link
 
CSPIs
image 1 Afghanistan Women Council (AWC). Web Link
image 1 Aga Khan Foundation (AKF).
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image 1 Hand in Hand Afghanistan.
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image 1 Shelter For Life (SFL).
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