Brigitte Maas

Brigitte Maas


"Transfer of thoroughly tested approaches, methodologies and instruments will refresh our thinking, and mutual learning enables us to enhance our learning efforts resulting both in an ascending learning curve and better results."


Deutsches Mikrofinanz Institut e.V.




Expert in Transnational Activities and Microfinance Issues


Berlin Branch:
Parchimer Allee 89a
D-12359 Berlin

++49 (0)30 694 47 88
++49 (0)170 216 92 46
My Affiliation with COPIE: 

German Expert for Microfinance

I am Member of the Working Group(s) or have participated in: 

Access to Finance

The two most relevant Topics within COPIE for my work are: 

All aspects to support the establishment of inclusive financial systems like microfinance and related non-financial services.

Description of the Organisation / Region i am working for: 

The German Microfinance Institute (DMI - Deutsches Mikrofinanz Institut), is an association of 71 members from various sectors (e.g. start-up and business services, microfinance institutions, research institutes, banks, public authorities, NGOs and associations) that was founded in April 2004. It was created to be the federal centre of excellence for microfinance in Germany. Members and advocates accelerate its development through membership fees and as honorary experts.

DMI pools the consolidated findings from German microfinance projects and transnational experiences. Since DMI’s foundation, methods and instruments for the microfinance sector have been refined and standardised. DMI also took on the tasks of an umbrella organisation, e.g. by accrediting MFIs for the German Microloan Fund (“Mikrokreditfonds Deutschland”) and supervising the relevant benchmarking activities. DMI supports capacity building for German MFIs through a DMI manual containing documentation of methods and instruments, counselling and training for MFIs (e.g. their loan officers), designing electronic loan processing tools, an online forum that fosters MFIs’ network communication, accrediting MFIs for the risk capital fund, benchmarking and quality management, and cross linking MFIs via workshops and conferences; cooperation with public and private investors and donors.

DMI’s local pillars are the “DMI-Mikrofinanzierer” (MFIs): 52 active microfinance institutions in 14 federal states of Germany have been accredited, which cooperate with a bank, the DMI and the risk capital fund “Mikrokreditfonds Deutschland”.