MABS takes part in promoting ICT-enabled management information systems (MIS) for MFIs

For a microfinance institution (MFI) to achieve a higher level of success, an organization-wide ICT-enabled management information system (MIS) is needed. Seeing this, the PinoyME Knowledge Management Working Group (KMWG) composed of representatives from MABS, MICRA, IDEA, and Grameen Foundation designed an MIS program with two phases: the MIS Course and the MIS advising.
The MIS Course is a 3-day workshop entitled “Let’s Get IT Right: An MIS Practical Toolkit for Microfinance Institutions”. On the other hand, MIS Advising is a handholding process where MIS consultants guide the participants in implementing their lessons in Phase 1.  This includes consulting sessions on integrating automated MIS with the MFI operational system and processes.
Held on March 22-24 in Davao City, the workshop was attended by 17 participants from various MFIs, including a cooperative rural bank based in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). MABS Senior MIS Manager and Regional Manager for Mindanao facilitated the first day, which focused on the basic concepts about an organization’s MIS. In this session, the resource speakers defined what a good and effective MIS is, and discussed the role of MIS in monitoring an MFI’s financial and social performance indicators.
Aiming to facilitate MFIs’ plans on implementing MIS, the MIS Course covered three modules: (1) MIS, (2) IT-enabled MIS, and (3) implementation of MIS automation. The MIS module covers critical information-related issues and helps MFIs conceptualize their information requirements. The IT-Enabled MIS module asks the basic question, “Why IT-Enable MIS”? It provides a strategic understanding of technology options, decision-making framework, tools for objective selection of technology/MIS, and latest technology trends.
Finally, the Implementation module provides practical insights into implementing IT-enabled MIS and basic project management. In this module, the participants were involved in an action planning for MIS in their own organizations.

For a microfinance institution (MFI) to achieve a higher level of success, an organization-wide ICT-enabled management information system (MIS) is needed. Seeing this, the PinoyME Knowledge Management Working Group (KMWG) composed of representatives from MABS, MICRA, IDEA, and Grameen Foundation designed an MIS program with two phases: the MIS Course and the MIS advising.

The MIS Course is a 3-day workshop entitled “Let’s Get IT Right: An MIS Practical Toolkit for Microfinance Institutions”. On the other hand, MIS Advising is a handholding process where MIS consultants guide the participants in implementing their lessons in Phase 1.  This includes consulting sessions on integrating automated MIS with the MFI operational system and processes.

Held on March 22-24 in Davao City, the workshop was attended by 17 participants from various MFIs, including a cooperative rural bank based in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). MABS Senior MIS Manager and Regional Manager for Mindanao Anthony Petalcorin  facilitated the first day sessions, which focused on the basic concepts about an organization’s MIS. In these sessions, he defined what a good and effective MIS is, and discussed the role of MIS in monitoring an MFI’s financial and social performance indicators.

Aiming to facilitate MFIs’ plans on implementing MIS, the MIS Course covered three modules: (1) MIS, (2) IT-enabled MIS, and (3) implementation of MIS automation. The MIS module covers critical information-related issues and helps MFIs conceptualize their information requirements. The IT-Enabled MIS module asks the basic question, “Why IT-Enable MIS”? It provides a strategic understanding of technology options, decision-making framework, tools for objective selection of technology/MIS, and latest technology trends.

Finally, the Implementation module provides practical insights into implementing IT-enabled MIS and basic project management. In this module, the participants were involved in an action planning for MIS in their own organizations.