The Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan (MISFA) was set up in 2003 at the invitation of the Afghan government — to get donor coordination right from the start and avoid the counter-productive efforts that have emerged from conflicting donor objectives in other post-conflict situations. It was established as a vehicle through which the Afghan Government and international donors could channel technical assistance and funding to build Afghanistan’s microfinance sector. MISFA was the first facility of its kind, pooling diverse donor funding mechanisms and converting them into streamlined, flexible support to microfinance institutions in Afghanistan, tailored to local priorities and accompanied by technical assistance and strong performance monitoring.
MISFA’s vision is to develop a sustainable, efficient, and commercialized development finance sector stimulating the economic growth in Afghanistan.
MISFA’s mission is to be a strong and efficient organization contributing to Afghanistan’s economic growth by developing a viable, inclusive financial sector.
Mr. Arbab has been working in the development and commercial banking sectors for the past 40 years, with a focus on financial inclusion, SME, Agriculture and digital finance. He has served as Senior Advisor, South Asia with CGAP/World Bank, Regional Director at Enclude, a global advisory firm that is supporting financial inclusion. Read MoreAmjad Ali Arbab - Chairman
Mr. Bijan is a senior banking executive and advisor with more than 16 years of experience in the MSME sector development and 8 years of executive management experience in regulated and non-regulated financial institutions in Latin America, MENA region, East Africa and Eurasia regions. Read MoreBijan Osburg - Member
Ms. Frances Toomey Mys is a development finance expert with over 25 years’ practical and comprehensive international experience building and growing financial institutions’ financial and business development services targeted to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. Read MoreFrances Toomey Mys - Member
Mr. Nasratullah Mahmood is currently serving as General Director of Treasury at Ministry of Finance (MoF). He has served at several senior level positions including the Director of External Affairs at MoF. Mr. Mahmood has strong academic background as well and was a lecturer in Islamic University. Read MoreNasratullah Mahmood - Member
Mr. Tamoor Shah Habibi is representing the private sector of the country in this board, he has been involved in the private sector of Afghanistan from past 20 years. He is an entrepreneur of the amusement industry by opening the first ever Family Entertainment Center… Read MoreTamoor Shah Habibi - Member
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