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You work in microfinance. By definition, your organization is doing “good”, right?
Not so fast.
New actors and technologies are transforming the way inclusive finance is done. Investors no longer take it for granted that “doing microfinance” means “doing good.” Now more than ever, socially-minded MFIs need to make good on their intentions to bring positive change: to stand out, to stay strong and hold true to their mission.
This specialist track equips learners with the knowledge and tools needed to measure and manage social performance. Practice using the CERISE-SPI4  social audit tool, master the intricacies of pricing products responsibly and learn how to apply the Universal Standards for Social Performance Management and Client Protection Principles in your organization. Bring your laptop and be ready to put yourself in the shoes of an auditor—and maybe even become one: this course serves the preliminary requirements to become a CERISE Qualified Auditor.


Target Group

FSP managers of all levels (branch level, mid-level and top management), trainers, consultants, investment managers looking to hone their social assessment and reporting skills.

Course Details

This course will cover the following topics in interactive, participatory sessions based on case-studies and hands-on exercises:

  • The difference between social impact and social performance
  • Social performance standards (Universal Standards for Social Performance Management, Client Protection Certification Standards, Green Index)
  • The social performance assessment process
    CERISE-SPI4 social audit tool

  • How to improve social performance – action planning and finding resources
  • Internal and external social assessments – social ratings, client protection certifications, social audits
  • Setting responsible prices
  • SPM and risk management

Administrative Details

The tuition fee for the trainings is EUR 3,750 and it covers all training materials and full-board accommodation in single rooms for the duration of training including meals as well as transportation for site visits.

The Summer Academies are fully tuition based and not sponsored. Accordingly, participants have to cover the full costs of the training or find a sponsor. There are few scholarships available. (Please see Scholarship tab for details and register for our newsletter for more information).

The participant group will be selected based on complementary experiences and backgrounds.


Please note that we can offer the following discounts:

  • 10% for each institution sending more than one participant to a Summer Academy
  • 10% discount for alumni


The Summer Academy will be held at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Being one of the leading business schools in Germany and Europe, Frankfurt School offers modern facilities for an interactive senior training program. Our training rooms are equipped with the newest technology and the newest media to provide flexibility and quality in our training courses. We have a strong focus on the wellbeing of our guests and course participants, a good training environment, air quality and modern equipment.


The language of instruction will be English and no translation will be provided.