Microfinance

IDS research on microfinance was centred on the Imp-Act programme. It was designed to improve the quality of microfinance services and their impact on poverty by supporting microfinance institutions (MFIs) in developing their own social performance management (SPM) systems.

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Seven leading practitioner-focused organisations are collaborating to train and support MFIs to implement social performance management (SPM) systems, build global capacity to support SPM, share lessons learnt and 'good practice', and promote an enabling environment for SPM.

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The Imp-Act Social Performance Management (SPM) Network connects individuals and organisations who are committed to managing and achieving social performance in microfinance. This is a space for practitioners to share experiences, common challenges and key lessons learnt around SPM – through blogs, videos and discussion groups. The Network also keeps members informed of the latest news, events and debates around SPM through monthly exclusive interviews with key industry stakeholders and weekly news round-ups.

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IDS publications on international development research

Public Goods Provision Aided by Microfinance: Thanks to Groupthink and Ideological Blinkers, It’s a Success

This chapter explores the controversial issue of how the microfinance sector has prized its way into the provision of public goods. Using a case study of water and sanitation in Andhra Pradesh, it delves into the contradictions involved in using credit to provide vital infrastructure. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Poverty Reduction or the Financialization of Poverty?

Is microfinance really all about resolving poverty, or are there perhaps other strategic goals at play? This chapter discusses the evidence around the poverty impact of microfinance and the broader political economy of microfinance. More details

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The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Poverty

This book brings together discussions about the leading theories and conceptual debates regarding poverty. More details

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Microfinance and Financial Inclusion

This chapter on microfinance and financial inclusion is included in a collection of discussions on leading theories and conceptual debates on poverty, the most salient topics in poverty research, and the far-reaching consequences of poverty on the individual and societal level. More details

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Developing Norms and Standards for Assessing Business, Social and Environmental Impact

Internal paper funded by UKCDS looking at the norms and standards for assessing business, social and environmental standards. More details

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Assessing the Impact of Multiple Businesses in One Region

Internal paper funded by UKCDS examining the impact of multiple business in one region. More details

Front cover of the book "The Political Economy of Microfinance: the financialization of poverty" by Dr Philip Mader

The Political Economy of Microfinance - Financializing Poverty

This book helps to understand the enigmatic microfinance sector by tracing its evolution and asking how it works as a financial system. More details

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Making the Poor Pay for Public Goods via Microfinance: Economic and Political Pitfalls in the Case of Water and Sanitation

MPIfG Discussion Paper 11/14 (2014)

This paper critically assesses microfinance’s expansion into the provision of public goods. More details

Rendite machen und Gutes tun? Mikrokredite und die Folgen neoliberaler Entwicklungspolitik

The first book to collect critical perspectives on microfinance in the German language, this volume brings together researchers, practitioners and journalists for an encompassing assessment of the spread of microfinance and its broader consequences. More details

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Rise and Fall of Indian Microfinance: The Andhra Pradesh Crisis in Perspective

Strategic Change 22.1-2 (2013)

The crisis of microfinance which erupted in 2010 in Andhra Pradesh has complex causes rooted in Indian history. More details

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Does Better Local Governance Improve District Growth Performance in Indonesia

A large literature suggests that countries with better governance have higher growth rates. We explore whether this is also true at the sub-national level in Indonesia. More details

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Putting the 'Social' into Performance Management: A Practice-Based Guide for Microfinance

This guide is written for MFIs committed to managing and achieving their social mission, and the organisations that support them. Inside, you will find step-by-step guidance on integrating a social lens into your performance management systems. More details

Reclaiming Feminism: Gender and Neoliberalism

Reclaiming Feminism: Gender and Neoliberalism

IDS Bulletin 39.6 (2008)

The focus of this IDS Bulletin is particularly apposite at a time when much-cherished axioms are being re-inspected and where new possibilities and directions are so badly needed. More details

Front cover of Bulletin 39.4, Poverty in a Changing Climate

Poverty in a Changing Climate

IDS Bulletin 39.4 (2008)

Climate change gets attention across the world. IPCC findings call for radical limits to atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations responsible for human-induced climate change. More details

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The Vulnerability of 'Self-Help': Women and Microfinance in South India

IDS Working Paper 303 (2008)

Self-help groups (SHGs) play a major role in providing microfinance in India. But they do not work alone. State institutions are also a big part of the microfinance landscapeSelf-help groups (SHGs) play a major role in providing microfinance in India. But they do not work alone. State institutions are also a big part of the microfinance landscape. They promote and finance SHGs, and also interact directly with them. How does this kind of 'institutionalised co-production' in service delivery work in practice?. More details

Front cover of the Bulletin 39.1, Impact Evaluation: The Experiences of Official Agencies

Impact Evaluation: The Experiences of Official Agencies

IDS Bulletin 39.1 (2008)

Aid effectiveness has long been disputed, after decades of inconclusive macroeconomic analysis. Now there is a growing body of evidence from detailed, field level, microeconomic impact evaluations. The articles in this IDS Bulletin show how the design of these studies increasingly address the various sources of bias for which previous projects were criticised. More details

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Using Microfinance to Fight Poverty, Empower Women and Address Gender-based Violence and HIV

IDS Research Summary (2008)

This article provides evidence from rural South Africa on microfinance's ability to reduce poverty and bring about broader social change. It describes the Intervention with Microfinance for AIDS and gender Equity (IMAGE) project jointly conducted by the Small Enterprise Foundation (SEF) and the Rural Aids and Development Action Research (RADAR) Program. More details

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Combining Microfinance and Training on Gender and HIV – A Proven Approach to Reduce Poverty and Halve Violence Against Women

This paper underscores the potential of microfinance to change the structural dimensions of poor people's lives. It presents findings and lessons from a successful Intervention with microfinance for AIDS and gender equity (IMAGE) partnership between Small Enterprise Foundation (SEF) and Rural AIDS and Development Action Research (RADAR) in South Africa. More details

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