This project was commissioned by the Microfinance Unit of the Central Bank in line with its program for the development of the Microfinance sector in Sudan. The project aims to prepare a study for the development of microfinance services in Eastern Sudan as the demand for such financial services in this region far outstrips the supply by commercial banks and other Microfinance Institutions (MFIs). The project also aims at enabling MFIs in the region to attract financing – be it international or local – as well as to increase their outreach to the poor who in Eastern Sudan. To achieve the objectives of the project, the work is formulated to first conduct a situational analysis of the Microfinance sector in Eastern Sudan. This is to be followed with a participatory approach towards the formulation of a strategy for developing the microfinance sector in Eastern Sudan in support of the State’s efforts in the reduction of poverty. Specifically, Unicons Consultancy set out to implement the follow ...