• Specialized Training Courses

Sharakeh will work with its members to identify their common capacity building needs and develop specialized, high quality training courses on a range of issues, including:

 

 

o MFI Loan Officer Training; 

o Investment Readiness;

o Risk Management;

o Internal Controls.

Sharakeh will develop and maintain strategic partnership with Sanabel and other training institutes to effectively deliver these trainings using existing resources wherever possible. 

  • Online Resources

In this day of electronic media, Sharakeh’s resource library needs to be more electronic than paper-based.  Using its online outlets (website & social media sites), links will be developed to other online resources, such as member websites, international microfinance organizations, training and TA providers, and local services and individuals working in the sector.

Sharakeh will consolidate all sector wide research and tools developed under donor projects in the country, for broader access and use by all MFIs in the industry, and will seek approval by its members to post institution specific reports or studies that may benefit the broader stakeholder group. 

  • Access to Financing

As MFIs begin to focus on greater commercialization in Palestine, Sharakeh has an important role to play in supporting access by its members to new sources of more commercially oriented funding. 

Sharakeh will begin by creating a database of country, regional and global investors or microfinance investment vehicles (MIVs) that are interested in investing in Palestine. This resource will include information on investment strategies and criteria, terms and conditions, parallel technical assistance support, guarantee facilities for leveraging local debt that MFIs can easily access. 

It will also work towards establishing linkages between investors and its members by providing individual briefings on the investment climate, clarifying industry terminology and investment requirements, producing relevant up to date sector studies and reports tailored to the needs of investors; and being the primary source of up to date information on MFI social and financial performance data.

Finally, Sharakeh will use its annual conferences and events to bring its member together with investors. These forums provide opportunities for open networking, as well as for specialized events aimed at matching their members with investors who share similar goals and investment objectives.