Beyond Microcredit: Putting Development Back into Microfinance

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Micro-finance is an instrument for development. However, the developmental purposes of microfinance are often lost behind the dominant focus on the technology and management of micro-finance, or on outreach to poor clients. This book challenges the microfinance industry to go beyond such a narrow focus, looking at the range of development goals for which microfinance can be used. These include not only poverty alleviation through providing savings, credit, and insurance, but also promoting livelihoods, empowering...

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Overview

Micro-finance is an instrument for development. However, the developmental purposes of microfinance are often lost behind the dominant focus on the technology and management of micro-finance, or on outreach to poor clients. This book challenges the microfinance industry to go beyond such a narrow focus, looking at the range of development goals for which microfinance can be used. These include not only poverty alleviation through providing savings, credit, and insurance, but also promoting livelihoods, empowering women, building people's organizations, and changing institutions. The book richly illustrates each of these from actual micro-finance practice and explores the organizational challenges of combining such development goals with financial service-provision.

The book is based on the great diversity of microfinance practice in India, which has developed numerous innovations, from new products for promoting livelihoods to democratic governance. The book provides the most comprehensive analysis available of Indian innovation and practice in microfinance, including detailed analysis of the "self-help groups" in India, comparisons with microfinance in Bangladesh, and the latest performance and impact assessment.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780855984885
  • Publisher: Oxfam Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

List of tables 9
List of figures 10
List of boxes 11
List of abbreviations 12
Acknowledgements 16
1 Introduction 19
2 Introduction to the financial sector in India 33
Pt. 1 Micro-finance and development
3 Micro-finance and social and economic security 49
4 Micro-finance and livelihoods: The challenge of BASIX 73
5 Micro-finance and people's organisations 104
6 Micro-finance and system-wide change 137
Pt. 2 Micro-finance: Organisations and institutions
7 Self-help groups and Grameen Bank groups: What are the differences? 169
8 Costs in micro-finance: What do urban self-help groups tell us? 199
9 Exploring empowerment and leadership at the grassroots: Social entrepreneurship in the SHG movement in India 234
10 Sustainability and development: Evaluating the performance of Indian micro-finance 263
11 Rising to the challenge of scale in India: Growing the micro-finance sector 300
12 Emerging lessons and challenges 325
App Capacity-building and organisational learning project for development finance in India 361
Glossary 370
Bibliography 372
Index 380
About the authors and contributors 389
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