Stemming the Tide of Mission Drift: A Case Study of ADOPEM

November 15, 2010

This paper is a case study of how one institution, ADOPEM (Dominican Republic), fared post-transformation, examining both the benefits and challenges of transforming. Of particular interest to Women’s World Banking and its other network members is how Banco ADOPEM, as the transformed entity is called, has remained true to the founding mission of the organization, which the NGO had fulfilled with an explicit focus on women clients. As a regulated financial entity, the bank has been able to retain women as it grows. The specific strategies that Banco ADOPEM has followed to meet its dual objectives of serving its investors while retaining and expanding its women clients can serve as useful lessons to an industry that is increasingly grappling with the issue of mission drift.Download the English versionDownload the Spanish version