Norms and values of the various microfinance institutions
AbstractPurpose – The paper aims to study the role of norms and values in the microfinance sector. Design/methodology/approach – The paper provides a combination of narrative with argument and analysis. Findings – A classification of the sector is proposed, mapping the institutions along two axes: the profit motive (profit vs not-for-profit) and the decision-making style (centralized vs un-centralized). Some microfinance institutions base their interactions on rigid norms or rules; while others are based on values. It is argued that the private sector will tend to produce the operating rules of the microfinance system while the not-for-profit institutions that are using an inclusive decision-making process are more likely to influence the ethical norms in the sector. Nevertheless, this classification is not static as recent events in South-India shows that norms, such as the interest rates, can be politically and emotionally invested to the point that they are about to become values in the sector. Originality/value – The conclusions drawn help in understanding the interactions between the various actions in microfinance. Exploiting the full range of the possibilities of those different structures may be valuable for a fully successful development in India.
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Volume (Year): 35 (2008)
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- Marek Hudon, 2008. "Norms and values of the various microfinance institutions," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/14208, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
- Marek Hudon, 2008. "Norms and Values of the Various Microfinance Institutions," Working Papers CEB 08-006.RS, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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