About the APPG
All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) exist to focus Parliamentary attention and activity on a specific issue. APPG membership is restricted to Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords, but other interested parties, such as non-governmental organisations, academics and practitioners, may be invited to attend meetings.
The Co-Chairs of the APPG on Microfinance are Annette Brooke MP (pictured right), Harriett Baldwin MP, and Lord Boateng. The Vice-Chairs are Mary Macleod MP and Stephen Lloyd MP.
Since being established by Annette Brooke MP in 2002 the APPG on Microfinance has become a leading forum for Parliamentarians, practitioners, academics and non governmental organisations interested in microfinance. The work of the APPG is both strategic and vital, to develop greater awareness and support for microfinance as a key development tool, reaching the poorest and most marginalised people in society.
Purpose of the APPG:
- To raise awareness of microfinance and the role it can play in reducing poverty;
- To improve the practice and delivery of microfinance; and
- To provide a forum for communicating new developments in the field of microfinance and associated services.
- Organising regular meetings in Westminster, with guest speakers tackling key debates in the field of microfinance.
- Using opportunities to raise the profile of microfinance within Parliament, for example, tabling Early Day Motions and debates, and co-ordinating oral and written questions.
- Undertaking Parliamentary Inquiries, for example our 2010-2011 inquiry which culminated in the publication of the report 'Helping or hurting: what role for microfinance in the fight against poverty?'
- Liaising with potential and existing organisations, including the Microfinance Club of London, and other relevant All-Party Parliamentary Groups.
- Providing an information-sharing system through regular mailings to members and interested parties.
The Secretariat of the APPG on Microfinance is provided on a part-time basis by RESULTS Education, a non-profit citizen’s advocacy organisation and registered charity (charity number 101528), which works to end extreme poverty.