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Post-conflict Microfinance: Assessment and Policy Notes for Iraq


  • Sameeksha Desai

    () (Max Planck Institute of Economics and George Mason University)


This paper explores the potential of microfinance in post-conflict economies, and specifically examines policy considerations for the case of Iraq. It presents important conditions of the post-conflict economy, and examines three critical requirements for successful microfinance operations, as outlined by the Microenterprises Best Practices Project. Political stability, economic demand and population stability are evaluated in the case of Iraq. Several other considerations are also addressed, including matters of scale, government mechanisms and support, and gender and religious contexts.

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  • Sameeksha Desai, 2007. "Post-conflict Microfinance: Assessment and Policy Notes for Iraq," Jena Economic Research Papers 2007-060, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
  • Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2007-060

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    1. Lois Stevenson, 2010. "Private Sector and Enterprise Development," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 14047.

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    microfinance; Iraq; postconflict; political stability; population stability;

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    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • O5 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies

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