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Corporate governance in microfinance: credit unions

  • Marc Labie
  • Anaïs Périlleux

As part of the tremendous development experienced by microfinance over the last few years, one type of institution has not generated all the attention that it could :credit unions. This can be explained by the frequent corporate governance weaknesses of this type of institution, which have been identified as a major limit and constraint to their development. This paper tries to deal with this issue by tackling the reasons why corporate governance of credit unions is so difficult to deal with, and by presenting various mechanisms and research areas which could play a role in solving this problem.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series Working Papers CEB with number 08-003.RS.

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Length: 16 p.
Date of creation: Feb 2008
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Publication status: Published by: Université Libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Business School, Centre Emile Bernheim (CEB)
Handle: RePEc:sol:wpaper:08-003
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