Papua New Guinea: Microfinance Expansion Project

Sovereign Project | 44304-013 Status: Active

ADB is helping rural communities in Papua New Guinea access financial services. The project will strengthen industry regulation and the capacity of lenders to deliver a wider range of financial services and products in rural areas, with a focus on lending to micro and small enterprises, and especially to women. The project will also support a large-scale financial literacy training program.

Project Details

Project Officer
Warid, Liliana Sera Pacific Department Request for information
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Grant
  • Loan
  • Finance
Project Name Microfinance Expansion Project
Project Number 44304-013
Country Papua New Guinea
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0226-PNG: Microfinance Expansion Project
Government of Australia US$ 6.00 million
Loan 2686-PNG: Microfinance Expansion Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 13.00 million
Grant 0425-PNG: Microfinance Expansion Project (additional financing)
Government of Australia US$ 2.85 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Finance - Finance sector development - Inclusive finance - Small and medium enterprise finance and leasing

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The Project will support the further development of the microfinance sector in Papua New Guinea (PNG) through an integrated package of support, including six outputs. Outputs 1, 2 and 3 will strengthen the capacity of the microfinance industry to provide financial services to a broader cross-section of the community and strengthen the capacity of its clients and potential clients to utilize these financial services. Output 4 will provide appropriate regulation for, and supervision of, microfinance institutions (MFI) and savings and loan societies (SLS) through the Bank of PNG (BPNG). Output 5 will seek to increase lending to micro and small enterprises (MSE) to increase rural income generation. Output 6 will provide efficient and effective project management services to the Project. As a result participating financial institutions (PFIs) throughout PNG, which will be identified through a series of institutional assessments, will be better able to provide profitable, appropriate, reliable and safe financial services to financially literate clients and capable businesses.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimates that only approximately 15% of the population in PNG has access to formal or informal banking facilities, and that this is lower in rural

areas. Lack of access to financial services is an impediment to the monetization of rural economies, a constraint on the growth of MSEs, and a restraint on the mobilization of domestic

capital. The project will extend and build on the experiences and lessons learned from ADB's Microfinance and Employment Project, which built a solid base for microfinance and developed microfinance as a suitable tool for rural development in PNG.

Impact Economic growth led by the private sector is enhanced

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome PFIs sustainably and safely provide financial services to a substantially increased number of clients across PNG
Progress Toward Outcome An impact evaluation study of financial literacy activities will be conducted starting March 2016 through RETA 8993.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Business and product management capacity of participating financial institutions is increased

Clients and potential clients understand and know how to access, financial services for personal or business use

The Association of MFIs monitors jointly agreed industry standards

BPNG regulation and supervision of MFIs and SLS is streamlined and improved

A risk-share facility supports increased micro and small enterprise lending

The PMU provides efficient and effective project management services

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1. The project is in its seventh year of implementation. There are now 10 partner financial institutions (PFIs). There have been 27 new products designed, of which 11 products are in the pilot phase and 9 products are being implemented by the PFIs. PFI training is ongoing and 3,437 person training days have been delivered. 2. Financial education (FE) has surpassed its target with 135,324 people trained. Seven partnership agreements were signed for business skills development training to small entrepreneurs, commencing in November 2015. So far, 2,209 people have received training.

3. Industry standards are monitored quarterly by CEFI since December 2014. So far, nine PFIs are reporting against the performance ratios.

4. Regulatory recommendations have been submitted to BPNG. A regulation and supervision expert was engaged to further assist BPNG to design reporting and supervision strategy for non-regulated FIs to ensure consumer protection.

5. . The risk share facility is fully established with the first three portfolio risk share agreements signed in 2015. The total value of loans covered under the RSF to date is K10.78 million.

6. The PMU is fully established. It arranges quarterly steering committee meetings and provides quarterly progress reports on the project and maintains oversight of all project accounts, including those of CEFI. Transfer of implementation activities under outputs 1_3 to CEFI is ongoing.

Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Environment FI
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation The project partners with commercial banks, microbanks, NGOs, faith-based organizations and cooperatives to reach very remote parts of the country to facilitate financial education and link clients to the formal banking sector.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The lead implementation firm has been engaged. Various, smaller consulting packages for financial literacy and business development skills training, and others will be through QCBS/CQS/SSS/ICS method as suitable.

All procurement of goods will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines. Before the start of any procurement, ADB and the government will review the public procurement laws of the government to ensure consistency with ADB's Procurement Guidelines.

The PMU will be responsible for the procurement of all goods and related services, under the project. Shopping will be used for procuring readily available off-the-shelf goods and related services valued up to $100,000.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Warid, Liliana Sera
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia
Executing Agencies
Bank of Papua New Guinea
Douglas St., P. O. Box 121
Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea


Concept Clearance 05 Mar 2010
Fact Finding 25 May 2010 to 28 May 2010
MRM 19 Aug 2009
Approval 28 Oct 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 05 Nov 2010
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2017

Grant 0226-PNG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Oct 2010 25 Nov 2010 07 Mar 2011 30 Jun 2018 30 Jun 2019 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 11.05 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 28 Oct 2010 0.00 4.40 73%
Counterpart 5.05 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 6.00 28 Oct 2010 0.00 4.47 75%

Grant 0425-PNG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Feb 2015 10 Jul 2015 10 Nov 2015 30 Jun 2018 30 Jun 2019 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 2.85 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 09 Feb 2015 0.00 1.27 45%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 2.85 09 Feb 2015 0.00 1.03 36%

Loan 2686-PNG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Oct 2010 25 Nov 2010 07 Mar 2011 30 Jun 2018 30 Jun 2019 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 13.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 13.00 28 Oct 2010 0.00 10.91 89%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 28 Oct 2010 0.00 10.43 86%

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Related Publications

Title Document Type Document Date
Papua New Guinea: Microfinance Expansion Project Brochures and Flyers Apr 2016

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