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Assessing Microfinance: The Bosnia and Herzegovina Case


  • AnneWelle-Strand

    (Norwegian School of Management BI, Norway)

  • Kristian Kjollesdal

    (Comte Analysebyri, Norway)

  • Nick Sitter

    (Norwegian School of Management BI, Norway
    Central European University, Hungary)


Microfinance is often hailed both as a tool for fighting poverty and as a tool for post-conflict reconciliation. This paper explores the use of microfinance in post-civil war Bosnia and Herzegovina, assessing its results in terms of both goals. As it combined high unemployment with a highly educated population in an institutionally open context, Bosnia and Herzegovina provides a crucial test of the effect of microfinance. If unambiguous signs of success cannot be found in a case with such favorable conditions, this would raise serious questions about the potential benefits of microfinance. The paper draws together evidence from a series of independent reviews of microfinance in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to assess its impact in terms of economic performance, the economic system, social welfare and post-conflict integration. Based on this case study, microfinance appears a better tool for dealing with poverty than with social integration or institution building.

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  • AnneWelle-Strand & Kristian Kjollesdal & Nick Sitter, 2010. "Assessing Microfinance: The Bosnia and Herzegovina Case," Managing Global Transitions, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper, vol. 8(2), pages 145-166.
  • Handle: RePEc:mgt:youmgt:v:8:y:2010:i:2:p:145-165

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    1. Ke Chen Chen & Mali Chivakul, 2008. "What Drives Household Borrowing and Credit Constraints? Evidence from Bosnia and Herzegovina," IMF Working Papers 08/202, International Monetary Fund.
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    Cited by:

    1. Pawel Galinski, 2013. "Activity Of Microfinance Institutions In The Period Of The Global Financial Crisis," Equilibrium. Quarterly Journal of Economics and Economic Policy, Institute of Economic Research, vol. 8(1), pages 91-105, March.
    2. Sekabira, Haruna, 2013. "Capital Structure and Its Role on Performance of Microfinance Institutions: The Ugandan Case," Sustainable Agriculture Research, Canadian Center of Science and Education, vol. 2(3).

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    micro finance; post-conflict; poverty alleviation; economic development; Bosnia and Herzegovina;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development


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