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Performance and international investments in microfinance institutions

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  • Roy Mersland
  • Ludovic Urgeghe

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Using data from 319 microfinance institutions (MFIs) in 68 developing countries, we study the degree to which international debt investments are related to the financial and social performances of MFIs. We find that commercial investments are mainly related to financial performance and level of professionalisation of the MFIs. The targeting of women is not a priority, even though international commercial investors target MFIs that provide small loans. Subsidised investments, however, are mainly driven by the targeting of women, while financial performance and the level of professionalisation of the MFI is not a priority.

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  • Roy Mersland & Ludovic Urgeghe, 2011. "Performance and international investments in microfinance institutions," Working Papers CEB 11-054, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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    Keywords

    microfinance; commercialisation; socially responsible investors; microfinance investment vehicles; social performance;
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    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors
    • L20 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - General
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements

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