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Assessing the insurance role of microsavings

  • David Hulme
  • Karen Moore
  • Armando Barrientos
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    The paper contends that more attention should be paid to micro savings in view of multiple ways in which it can help poor to deal with economic insecurity. The paper presents information to show that while microsaving programs have spread, their full potential is far from being realized. It presents a detailed analysis on the basis of data from a selection of micro savings programs to show how savings help the poor to smooth consumption and undertake investment. The paper urges for a strong campaign to popularise micro saving programs.

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    Paper provided by United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs in its series Working Papers with number 83.

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    Length: 22 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:une:wpaper:83
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    1. Zeller, Manfred & Sharma, Manohar, 2000. "Many borrow, more save, and all insure: implications for food and micro-finance policy," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 25(2), pages 143-167, April.
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