Replicating Microfinance in the United States
"With the publication of this volume, knowledge and understanding of the practices of delivering micro-credit reach a new level of consolidation, and the stage is set for important further steps."—from the Foreword by Richard P. Taub, University of Chicago
Microfinance was pioneered in the developing world as the lending of small amounts of money to entrepreneurs who lacked the kinds of credentials and collateral demanded by banks. Similar practices spread from the developing to the developed world, reversing the usual direction of innovation, and today several hundred microfinance institutions are operating in the United States.
Replicating Microfinace in the United States reviews experiences in both developing and industrialized countries and extends the applications of microlending beyond enterprise to consumer finance, housing finance, and community development finance, concentrating especially on previously underserved households and their communities.
Contributors include Nitin Bhatt, Robert M. Buckley, Bruce Ferguson, Elinor Haider, Chi-kan Richard Hung, Sally R. Merrill, Jonathan Morduch, Gary Painter, Sohini Sarkar, Mark Schreiner, Lisa Servon, Ayse Can Talen, Shui-Yan Tang, Kenneth Temkin, Andres Vinelli, J. D. Von Pischke and Marc A. Weiss.
Replicating Microfinance in the United States is based on papers commissioned by the Fannie Mae Foundation and findings from an October 2001 conference jointly held by the Fannie Mae Foundation and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
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Government and other donors may or may not make sure that microfinance pushes for constant improvement.29 Of course , altruistic donors may pressure microfinance programs to improve because they care about the well - being of the target ...
Donor agreement to a set of principles on how to support MFIs provides a basis for evaluating the content of donors ' actions . As the coordinating arm of donors , CGAP is well placed to monitor and report on the consistency of donors ...
not appear that all donors , including the bank , always follow these policies consistently . At the very least , the bank should report on the consistency of its operations with the CGAP principles to which it has agreed .
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Opportunities and Challenges for Microfinance
Current Foundations of Microfinance Best Practices
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