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Modalities of Microfinance Delivery in Asia and Latin America: Lessons for China


  • Heather Montgomery
  • John Weiss


Microfinance, the provision of small size loans and other financial services to low income households, is often seen as the key innovation of the last 25 years in terms of means of reaching out to the poor and vulnerable. There is extensive experience in microfinance provision in both Asia and Latin America, but as yet relatively little use of the approach in China. This paper assesses different approaches to microfinance delivery using a threefold distinction, the credit union approach, the non‐government organization approach and the banking approach, to generalize across recent Asian and Latin American experience and discuss the role of microfinance in poverty reduction in a theoretical framework. Considering the current state of microfinance in China and international experience, we suggest the banking approach as the way to best increase outreach of micro‐financial services in China. (Edited by Xiaoming Feng)

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  • Heather Montgomery & John Weiss, 2006. "Modalities of Microfinance Delivery in Asia and Latin America: Lessons for China," China & World Economy, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, vol. 14(1), pages 30-43, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:chinae:v:14:y:2006:i:1:p:30-43
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-124X.2006.00006.x

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