Moody’s Analytics Social Performance Assessment (SPA)

MFC is working with Moody’s Analytics to deliver Social Performance Assessments throughout Europe and Central Asia.

The Moody’s Analytics SPA is an independent analysis of MFI operations that helps leadership better understand how effectively the institution is translating its mission into practice. The SPA enables MFIs to understand their social performance strengths and weaknesses, and investors to understand how best to target financial and technical support to achieve greater impact.

The SPA combines field evaluations with comprehensive scoring and monitoring of an MFI’s practices to provide a globally-comparable assessment grade and uses a scale ranging from SP1, the highest grade, to SP5, the lowest. The SPA can map to other Social Performance initiatives such us the Universal Standards for Social Performance Management (USSPM) or the Smart Campaign’s Client Protection Principles.

It has been recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative for contributing to the development of the microfinance industry through the creation of a comprehensive, global standard to measure social performance.

Learn more about Moody’s Analytics’ SPAs here>

What does the assessment process look like?

The SPA is delivered by a global team of analysts that combines the oversight of Moody’s, local delivery through the MFC, and the analytical abilities of MA’s subsidiary, Copal Partners. The 8-week process includes:

  • Off-site data collection
  • On-site visit
  • Analysis and report writing
  • Grading process
  • Review and report finalization

SPA grades are valid for a period of one year.

To read SPA sample report please click here>

What are the benefits?

The SPA enables investors to make more informed socially-oriented decisions, highlights an MFI’s strengths and limitations, and assesses the likelihood of an MFI having a positive effect on the lives of its clients.

The SPA enables individual MFIs to:

  • Benchmark and prioritize areas to improve social performance
  • Obtain funding or technical assistance to improve practices
  • Demonstrate to investors/funders the progress they have made

The SPA enables investors to:

  • Determine which MFIs need funding to improve practice
  • Demonstrate to limited partners the impact of its investment on an MFI’s social performance
  • Avoid surprises and reduce reputational risk.

About Moody’s Analytics  

Moody’s Analytics helps capital market and credit risk management professionals worldwide respond to an evolving marketplace with confidence. The company offers unique tools and best practices for measuring and managing risk through expertise and experience in credit analysis, economic research and financial risk management. By providing leading-edge software, advisory services, and research, including the proprietary analysis of Moody’s Investors Services, Moody’s Analytics integrates and customizes its offerings to address specific business challenges. Moody’s Analytics is a part of Moody’s Corporation, organization with tradition and huge experience – has been operating since 1900. Learn more here>

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Learn more about the SPA please by contacting the Responsible Finance Team


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