Microfinance in Developing Countries: Issues, Policies and Performance Evaluation

Hardcover | January 25, 2013

EditorJean-pierre Gueyie, Ronny Manos, Jacob Yaron

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Microfinance in developing countries: Issues, policies and performance evaluation is a collection of studies by leading researchers in the field of microfinance. It discusses key issues that the rapidly growing microfinance industry currently faces. It offers interesting views and innovative analysis of topical matters concerning impact, performance, challenges and innovations in the microfinance realm. Issues relating to impact include measurement problems; the debate of multiple versus single assessment criteria; and the question of whether microfinance institutions are effective in delivering the microfinance promise. Issues relating to performance include the ongoing debate over the balance between social and financial performance; performance measures; and the controversy over mission drift. Issues relating to the challenges faced by the microfinance industry include the problem of over-indebtedness; improving agricultural microfinance; and assessing the role of local culture in the design of an effective microfinance sector. Lastly, topical issues relating to innovations include assessment of technological and financial innovations and the application thereof as well as the continued expansion of microfinance beyond microcredit in developing countries. Together these issues provide an overview of microfinance as it stands today and point to the direction in which it is heading.

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Microfinance in developing countries: Issues, policies and performance evaluation is a collection of studies by leading researchers in the field of microfinance. It discusses key issues that the rapidly growing microfinance industry currently faces. It offers interesting views and innovative analysis of topical matters concerning impac...

JEAN-PIERRE GUEYIE is an associate professor in the School of Business Sciences, University of Quebec in Montreal. His research interests are on financial institutions management (including banks, financial cooperatives and microfinance institutions), financial risk management, corporate governance, development economics and alternati...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:January 25, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780230348462

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List of Tables and FiguresAbout the editorsAbout the contributorsDilemmas and Directions in Microfinance Research Ronny Manos, Jean-Pierre Gueyie & Jacob Yaron Microfinance and Microenterprises' Financing Constraints in Eastern Europe and Central Asia Valentina Hartarska, Denis Nadolnyak & Thomas McAdams Through the Thicket of Credit Impact Assessments Dale W. Adams & Robert C. Vogel Assessing Microfinance: Striking the Balance between Social Utility and Financial Performance Florent Bédécarrats & Cécile LapenuEarnings Quality in the Microfinance Industry Leif Atle Beisland & Roy Mersland Culture and Governance in Microfinance: Desa Pakraman and Lembaga Perkreditan Desa in Bali Hans Dieter Seibel Crowd Empowered MicroFinance Dan Marom From a Supply Gap to a Demand Gap? The Risk and Consequences of Over-indebting the Underbanked Jessica Schicks Financing Businesses in Africa: The Role of Microfinance Shilpa Aggarwal, Leora Klapper & Dorothe Singer Microfinance and Agriculture: Challenges, Successes, Prospects Richard L. Meyer