The ATLAS platform: features and tools of a new source of data for agricultural financing

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Data on agriculture financing may be difficult to find. ATLAS offers potential to manage data analytics on agriculture financing from several sources. In addition to financial and social metrics on Financial Service Providers with agriculture portfolios, ATLAS offer agile technology to develop additional, dedicated modules to meet specific needs.

ATLAS is a new data platform launched in 2020, after the end of the MIX market microfinance data collection activities. The initiative is managed by MFR, a rating agency specialized in serving the bottom of the pyramid in emerging markets.

ATLAS development was initially sponsored by AFD, Proparco, CDC, ADA, SIDA and LED. Today, ATLAS employs a sustainable business model based on investors’ subscriptions (10+ to date) and data management projects (e.g. CGAP Global Microfinance survey on the impact of COVID19; GOGLA, IFC and CGAP data modules for PAYGo Off-Grid Solar companies).


Lucia Spaggiari is a Business Development Director, MFR, France since 2015. Lucia contributes to the development of new services that MFR offers to increase transparency and responsible investments at the bottom of the pyramid. Lucia is currently responsible for the ATLAS initiative, the services to the PAYGo Off-Grid Solar companies and other business development projects in pipeline. Lucia is a member of MFR’s Management Team and has extensive field experience with 90+ field assignments in 44 countries worldwide. She holds an MSc in Economics and Management of Public Administration and International Organizations from Bocconi University (Italy).

Mathilde Bauwin is Research Project Officer, ADA, Luxemburg, an NGO promoting inclusive finance in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She contributes to ADA’s monitoring, project evaluation and knowledge management activities, as well as to the drafting of studies on various topics in the inclusive finance sector. Before joining ADA in 2017, she worked at the Tunisian microfinance institution Enda Inter-Arabe as a research officer, and at the French association ADICE as a project officer on the topic of socio-professional integration of young people. She holds a PhD in Development Economics from Paris Dauphine University

 Moderator: Massimo Pera, Project Coordinator/AgrInvest and SFVC D&F Technical Network Coordinator

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