Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

FAO discontinues DOS-based MicroBanking System

FAO discontinues DOS-based MicroBanking System

22 Sep 2005 -- FAO has decided this month to discontinue distribution of the FAO MicroBanking System for DOS. The system, better known as FAO MicroBanker, was first installed at the Cooperative Rural Bank of Bulacan in the Philippines in April 1988 and has had more than 1 500 users since. Currently there are still more than 1 000 users globally, mostly in the Philippines.

The DOS MicroBanker is succeeded by the FAO-GTZ MicroBanking System, also known as MBWin. MBWin runs under the Microsoft Windows operating system. It was developed jointly by FAO and GTZ. MBWin was released in 2001 and currently there are more than 200 sites globally.

While FAO will discontinue distribution, support for existing users of the DOS MicroBanker will continue. And in the Philippines, MBPhil will continue to sell the DOS system to local rural banks.

Rural and microfinance institutions that are looking for a computer system are recommended to evaluate MBWin at the website below.

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