In recognition of the important role that microfinance can play in reducing poverty and realizing a sustainable peace in the Sudan, the Central Bank of Sudan developed a national vision for developing and expanding the microfinance sector in Sudan with the aim of creating an enabling environment for the industry’s sustained economic and social growth. Through a widespread consultative process that engaged various stakeholders, the vision was captured in a document that defines the framework for the identified MF Strategy. Following endorsement of the vision by the Government of the Sudan in late 2006, the Central Bank of Sudan established the Microfinance Unit to serve as its specialized department endowed with the task of realizing the vision and implementation of its strategy. Given the importance it attaches to the success of the strategy, and recognizing the importance of undertaking periodic reviews and evaluations of the progress made on the plan, the CBS, represented by the MFU, commissioned U ...