RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

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Statement

High quality comprehensive research, including monitoring and evaluation, best practices, lessons learnt, sharing and transfer of ideas,

Explanation

As mentioned in the introduction, the current interest in microfinance has lead to a number of MFIs being set up in most developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America, including their 'transfer' to 'developed' countries.

This has lead, in turn, to a need for comprehensive research and analysis of the activities, policies, programmes and projects of MFIs. Research foci can be on the MFI's organizational and operational structure (supply studies) and on its clients (demand studies).

The aim of such research and analysis is not only to make MFIs more efficient and self-sufficient (through guidelines, good practices, management systems etc.), but also to demonstrate the viability and practicality of microfinance in being able to serve the needs of low-income households.

Key Actors

  • Research and training institutions
  • Universities
  • UN and International Institutions
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Virtual Library on Microcredit

Related Issues

  • Evaluation of MFIs
  • Documentation and analysis of 'best' and 'worst' practices in microfinance.

Examples

  • Research and publications done by UN and other international organizations

Links in the Virtual Library

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Hari Srinivas - hsrinivas@gdrc.org
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