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Microfinance Investment Vehicles and Social Performance: Moving forward with the MACBETH Approach


  • Jean-Marie De Corte
  • Marc Labie
  • Ludovic Urgeghe
  • Jean-Claude Vansnick


In a context where MIVs face several bottlenecks regarding their future role in the microfinance industry, this paper suggests a brand new way of reviewing their commitment to double bottom line returns. We suggest using the MACBETH (Measuring Attractiveness by a Categorical Based Evaluation TecHnique) approach as an investment screening method which, combined to existing social performance tools such as the Social Performance Indicators, can ensure that investment decisions are taken in accordance with socially responsible investors’ values. This approach could contribute to the emergence of the transparency MIVs need in ensuring the whole sector that their commitment to double bottom line returns is real.

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  • Jean-Marie De Corte & Marc Labie & Ludovic Urgeghe & Jean-Claude Vansnick, 2012. "Microfinance Investment Vehicles and Social Performance: Moving forward with the MACBETH Approach," Working Papers CEB 12-025, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  • Handle: RePEc:sol:wpaper:2013/128723

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    Microfinance; Social performance; Microfinance Investment Vehicles; Investment screening; Multicriteria assessment;
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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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