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Policy and Economic Research Council (PERC)

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Causes: Economic Development, Education, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance

Target demographics: drive financial inclusion through using information and education.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Globally, we have directly or indirectly impacted over 2 billion persons primarily living in emerging markets.

Geographic areas served: planet earth

Programs: We use original quantitative economic and social policy impact analysis to enable informed policy outcomes. We also partner with stakeholders to galvanize markets in order to dramatically increase rates of financial inclusion.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our interactions with PERC have been nothing but positive. There is a great balance between the theoretical and practical approaches to the issues of building up a credit registry with the final objective of achieving actual positive results. The presence of PERC in our seven year journey (and still ongoing) has been instrumental in any and all of our successes.

Donor

Rating: 5

Since 2003, I have interacted with PERC on a number of major public policy issues relating to consumer finance, and have found them to maintain high levels of intellectual honesty and statistical integrity while avoiding ideological bias. They are well regarded by policymakers from both sides of the aisle. In recent years, PERC has doggedly worked to advance the cause of alternative data, building a coalition of NGOs and other organizations including business that among many other benefits. recognize that higher credit scores are a key building block of economic progress.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PERC is the go-to expert on credit and data policies. The staff are responsive, insightful, and trustworthy. As a Capitol Hill staffer, PERC is one of the reliable and insightful policy shops to help us understand what's happening and what the impacts could be.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PERC shared with us about their study in credit reporting industry through many ways, including: participated in seminars on credit reporting, both in China and outside China; share with us their study findings, such as their study in the use of Alternative Data in Credit Risk Assessment, which had very important impact on China's policy about alternative data; consultant through many e-mails between Mr. Michael Turner and my colleagues and myself.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with PERC dates back to 2006. Over that period, PERC has proved to be a driving force, and credible voice, for a more financially inclusive world. Their rigorous approach, policy analysis, and timely empirical research have provided important insights into the value of alternative data as a demonstrably sound avenue for qualifying creditworthy borrowers who are challenged to gain access to mainstream financing for their needs and to gain opportunities to improve their standard of living. PERC owns my top recommendation based upon their high standards of research, unwavering dedication, and PERC's numerous significant publications and contributions to the field over the years.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In 2009, PERC was identified by Financial Services Deepening Trust Kenya to help formulate a project that would help the Central Bank of Kenya and the credit market in Kenya establish a credit reporting framework. Ultimately, such a framework would assist Kenya's credit market access reliable credit information and credit scores for effective risk management. PERC's work in this regard, and follow-up review of the pilot credit information sharing initiative, laid the foundation for establishment and evolution of the project into what is today a separate legal entity (CIS Kenya) that has helped transform the credit reporting space. Today, Kenya is a leader in the region with regard to credit bureau penetration of the adult population, with three private credit bureaus that receive full-file credit data from a wide range of credit providers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Under the leadership of Dr. Michael Turner, PERC played a critical role in getting credit information, a key element in expanding access to finance for SMEs and financial inclusion, adopted by APEC Finance Ministers as the top priority in their multi-year agenda called the Cebu Action Plan. The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), where I am engaged as the coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Financial Forum (APFF) and the Asia-Pacific Financial Inclusion Forum (APFIF) - platforms for public-private sector collaboration established by the Finance Ministers and entrusted to ABAC for their management - appreciates the role that PERC played in advancing this recommendation of the Council. PERC provided thought leadership and technical expertise in various APEC discussions and workshops, and gave concrete advice to regulators and officials in the design of regulations and policies. Recently, the APFF developed an APEC Roadmap for a New Financial Services Data Ecosystem, which was endorsed this year by the APEC Finance Ministers at their meeting in Santiago, Chile. PERC was one of the institutions leading this work, which ABAC and the APFF will be advancing with officials and regulators starting next year to create a trusted and secure mechanism for the wider flow of data across the region that will benefit many people and entrepreneurs by enabling them to use their data to obtain wider access to financial services.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PERC has worked with us for at least seven years. We are very happy with their performance. They have a deep understanding of the credit reporting industry and the larger data market. Their analysis and advice are rigorous, insightful but also practical. They are a rare high level think tank for the broad information business market.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Good initiative, Perc is changing the world, they are doing a great job

Client Served

Rating: 5

Insightful and persuasive research. PERC understands that in order drive social, economic and political change research needs to be persuasive, not just interesting, and they are well practised in developing research programs that respond to the needs of a particular jurisdiction with a focus on delivering outcomes.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PERC's research agenda has been instrumental in driving the global dialogue for improved financial inclusion. Michael Turner and his team are committed to a fact-based policy dialectic around the nexus between policy and practical economic incentives to drive sustainable change all for the betterment of consumers. This is why I found PERC to be such a trustworthy and probative contributor to the work of the Consumer Data Industry Association when I was its president & CEO.

Aline S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping minorities have access to credit...wow! We need more councils like this one!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization helping people who need it - fighting so they can get the credit they need through mainstream lending... you guys are awesome!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Michael, Patrick and their team are a cut above. They are scholars indeed; but more. PERC achieves results because they are a team of smart people who able to relate to real world problems, and more importantly, they are able to translate them into real world solutions based on scientific methods and facts.

In our experience, they approached our research needs thoroughly, analyzed the facts surrounding our problems, and enabled us to achieve our objectives with a solid fact-based assessment of the realities of the world. High quality work is what they produce. As important, they listened to us from the very beginning.

John B

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is a great job you are doing.
God bless you all.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PERC's research was instrumental in changing national law on credit information sharing. Using evidence, they were able to craft messages that had traction with a diverse range of lawmakers, and helped us overcome steep odds to promote a fairer and more inclusive system. Thank God for PERC!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing charity! Giving opportunities to people who would otherwise not have this opportunity.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Superb charity great poeple with a good de ce of achievement and I do say this for the volunteers aswell

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It moves me to see people, Real people take initiative into helping others be able to make a change in their lives. Everyone is looking for a change, everyone is trying to grow and only united do we all grow together and build futures.

I am excited to see more from this organization !

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Good job Rabih!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization . Well done to you and your team

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Professionnel, dévoué et très compétent. Une vraie plus value dans le démarches et développement des affaires immobiliers.

Nini B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing, please keep it up! You’re an inspiration to everyone

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have the highest respect and regard for the entire PERC team. For years, PERC has published breakthrough qualitative and quantitative analytics. Its expertise includes consumer credit, macroeconomics, and banking. PERC works with governments, institutions, and the private sector. It is one of the few policy research institutions that is recognized by the World Bank. The firm has an impeccable international reputation; renown for its influential studies on credit markets in over a dozen countries. Its landmark work has had an indelible impact on the global regulatory landscape. I highly recommend working with this organization.