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The Financial Access Initiative is a research center focused on exploring how financial services can better meet the needs and improve the lives of poor households.

The Financial Access Initiative, housed at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, was founded in 2006 by economists Jonathan Morduch (New York University), Dean Karlan (Yale University), and Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard University). The initial funding was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

A programme to provide researchers in public and private universities and non-profit and development organizations in Pakistan with access to international scholarly literature. Delivery is electronic and provides access to high quality, peer-reviewed journals, databases, and articles across a wide range of disciplines.

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a network of 70 affiliated professors around the world who are united by their use of Randomized Evaluations (REs) to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation. J-PAL's mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence

J-PAL is organized both by regional offices and by research themes called Programs. J-PAL's headquarters is a center within the Economics Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with independent regional offices in AfricaEuropeLatin America, and South Asia that are hosted by a local university

Over a billion poor people lack access to essential financial services. The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), is a consortium of 28 public and private development agencies working together to expand access to financial services for the poor.

Working from World Bank offices in Washington DC and Paris, CGAP’s staff serves donor agencies, MFPs, and other microfinance practitioners. The Group provides technical advice, training, research and development, information dissemination, and funding for innovations to its clients

The Microfinance Gateway is the most comprehensive online resource for the microfinance industry. It includes research and publications, specialized resource centres, organization and consultant profiles, and the latest news, events, and job opportunities in microfinance.

The global information exchange for the microfinance industry - The MIX Market strives to facilitate exchange and investments flows, promote transparency and improve reporting standards in the microfinance industry.

As one of the largest sources of pro-poor spending in the country, the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) is the lead agency for poverty reduction in Pakistan. It embodies the spirit of public-private partnership to address the multi-dimensional issues of poverty with a view to achieving social and economic change.

The Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP) Network is a membership association of over 50 North American organizations that support micro and small enterprise development programmes around the world.

As a central bank, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is very active and involved in microfinance. It promotes market development for microfinance while also assuming the traditional functions of financial regulator. In addition, the SBP also provides guidelines for branchless banking operations

The SBP has also established a consultative group for microfinance as a platform for consulting key players in the sector on policy matters. The members include SBP, the Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN), Khushhali Bank Limited, the First MicrofinanceBank Ltd. (FMFB), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the ministries of Finance, Women Development, Social Welfare and Special Education.