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Microfinance in Africa

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  • Rodolphe Blavy
  • Anupam Basu
  • Murat  Yülek
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    Based on the experience of selected countries, this paper offers a critical presentation of the development of the microfinance sector in Africa. The paper supports the view that microfinance institutions, especially those engaged in full financial intermediation, complement effectively the banking sector in extending financial services and successfully draw on the rich experience of community-based development and preexisting informal methods of financial intermediation in Africa. Growing linkages between microfinance institutions and the banking system and the dissemination of good practices by nongovernment organizations contribute to the sound development of the sector, supported by regulation and supervision by local authorities.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 04/174.

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    Length: 24
    Date of creation: 01 Sep 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:04/174

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    Keywords: Savings; Economic models; Public finance; microfinance; microfinance institutions; microfinance sector; financial institutions; small businesses; microfinance regulation; entrepreneurs; small enterprises; small entrepreneurs; credit lines; microfinance institution; micro-enterprises; microcredit; cooperative societies; micro credit; microfinance industry; micro finance; microbanking; micro financing; microfinance regulations; micro-credit; micro finance institutions; microenterprises; technical support; small and medium-sized enterprises; credit line; rural microfinance; corporate finance; finance institutions; business segment;

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    Cited by:
    1. Dalla Pellegrina, Lucia, 2011. "Microfinance and Investment: A Comparison with Bank and Informal Lending," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(6), pages 882-897, June.
    2. Honohan, P. & Beck, T.H.L., 2007. "Making finance work for Africa," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-3125420, Tilburg University.
    3. David Canning & Ajay Mahal & Kunle Odumosu & Prosper OkonkwoZhiwei, 2006. "Assessing the Economic Impact of HIV/AIDS on Nigerian Households: A Propensity Score Matching Approach," PGDA Working Papers 1606, Program on the Global Demography of Aging.
    4. Sophie Brana & Yves Jégourel, 2011. "Breadth and depth of french microfinance outreach : an evaluation," Working Papers hal-00637689, HAL.
    5. Jansen, Marion, 2006. "Services Trade Liberalization at the Regional Level: Does Southern and Eastern Africa Stand to Gain from EPA Negotiations?," CEPR Discussion Papers 5800, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    6. SODOKIN, Koffi, 2006. "La complémentarité des banques et des microbanques dans une approche de la comptabilité des flux et des stocks," LEG - Document de travail - Economie 2006-09, LEG, Laboratoire d'Economie et de Gestion, CNRS, Université de Bourgogne.
    7. Monzurul Hoque & Muhammad Chishty & Rashid Halloway, 2011. "Commercialization and changes in capital structure in microfinance institutions: An innovation or wrong turn?," Managerial Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 37(5), pages 414-425, May.

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