The mission of the Centre for Micro Finance (CMF) is to improve the lives of the poor by maximizing both the access to financial services and its impact through rigorous research, training, and strategy building for MFIs. CMF undertakes qualitative and quantitative research in four broad areas: (1) impact evaluation of credit and savings products, (2) microfinance "plus" (how to combine effectively microfinance with other development interventions and non financial services), (3) insurance and innovative products, and (4) sector wide and policy issues, such as regulations or the impact of competition.