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The need for a longer (but not too long) history of microfinance

Excerpt from “The Political Economy of Microfinance: Financializing Poverty”, Chapter 2, A Genealogy of Microfinance.

Two basic types of story are commonly told about the origins of modern microfinance. 1,495 more words


Do malaria interventions cause human suffering through population growth?

People often ask me this. I mostly find the question annoying since a dead kid is, well, a dead kid.

The thinking, however, isn’t entirely illogical and can, of course, even be traced back to Malthus himself. 627 more words


Microfinance through rational eyes: reflections on David Roodman's Due Diligence

/picture: Caritas SACCO, Nkokonjeru, Uganda/

Microfinance has been under the spotlight ever since it gained currency in the 1990s. David Roodman, senior associate at Center of Global Development, evaluates the impact of microfinance in his 2011 book… 604 more words


Reading Through the Microfinance Syllabus

> Posted by Sonja E. Kelly, Fellow, CFI

Courses featuring microfinance can be found in most colleges or universities, and the development of the syllabi for these courses has begun to create a sort of “microfinance canon.” As the next generation of microfinance professionals enters the market, there are a few things that many of them have read, and a few questions that many of them have been required to consider. 468 more words

Center For Financial Inclusion

The Youngest of the Microentrepreneurs: An intervention in the debate on child labour

Suddenly, out of the blue, a debate about microfinance and child labour has erupted. Why?

Underage work caused by microloans is an uncomfortable topic for the microfinance sector, given the moral panic easily associated with child labour. 1,975 more words


Microfinance vs. Financial Inclusion: What’s the Difference?

The Financial Inclusion 2020 campaign at the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion is building a movement toward full financial inclusion by 2020. This blog series spotlights financial inclusion efforts around the globe, shares insights from the FI2020 consultative process and highlights findings from “Mapping the Invisible Market.” 1,250 more words

Center For Financial Inclusion

The Microcredit Summit Campaign reblogged this on 100 Million Ideas and commented:

Larry Reed: "...if you take my definition, then the key difference is the end objective. Financial inclusion seeks to make sure that everyone has access to useful financial tools, while microfinance wants to make sure that the use of those tools leads to positive benefits for those living in poverty. Under this definition, microfinance links in with other development needs, like health, education, housing, and access to markets. It is concerned to see how the delivery of financial services can help clients address other aspects of their lives that keep them trapped in poverty. ... I think it is time to get beyond the tired old notion that holistic programs must be small and insignificant in scale... If we look to include all, and at the same time do it in a way that makes sure that the poor have products and services that help them move out of poverty (beyond quality to actual results), then we end up developing synergies between financial institutions, government transfer payments, mobile platforms, and other development providers. This is the sort of financial inclusion that I get excited about."