Occasional Paper

Occasional Papers present and analyze original research. They often serve as technical guides for practitioners on key financial inclusion operational topics.

01 September 2011

This paper is written primarily for microlenders and the institutions that fund them. We examine conceptual issues and the limited empirical evidence about over-indebtedness in microcredit markets.

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01 September 2010

This study examines quantitatively whether or not small savers contribute to or undermine the sustainability of the MFI.

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01 April 2010

Foreign capital investment in microfinance has been booming over the past four years. It can bring important benefits to MFIs, but it also comes with foreign exchange risk.

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01 March 2010

The upheaval that hit mainstream financial markets and the reverberations that continue to be felt across the globe from the resulting economic crisis impacted MFIs and their clients.

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01 February 2009

The report's objective is to provide benchmarks for valuation of microfinance equity, both private and publicly listed.

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English (40 pages) | Spanish (44 pages) | Arabic (40 pages) | French (42 pages)
01 February 2009

The problem is that administrative costs are inevitably higher for tiny microlending than for normal bank lending.

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English (28 pages) | Spanish (32 pages) | Arabic (28 pages) | French (32 pages)
01 June 2008
This publication provides insights and guidance for nonprofit microfinance institutions that plan to transform into a for-profit company. Thus the paper’s discussion of issues is likely more detailed and technical than most general readers will care to wade through. At the same time, this is not a “how to” manual nor does it identify right and wrong answers.
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English (28 pages) | French (36 pages) | Spanish (36 pages) | Russian (36 pages)
01 August 2007

This Occasional Paper reports on two separate studies of SHG programs. Part I looks primarily at the financial viability of SHG programs. Part II proposes a methodology for designing SHG programs to ensure their sustainability.

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English (48 pages) | French (56 pages) | Spanish (56 pages)
01 April 2005

This Occasional Paper offers a model for providing financial services to poor, rural farming households that combines the most relevant and promising features of traditional microfinance, traditional agricultural finance, and other approaches.

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English (52 pages) | French (60 pages) | Spanish (60 pages) | Arabic (52 pages) | Russian (52 pages)
01 March 2005

This Occasional Paper explores operational and strategic considerations involved in launching a money transfer product. Financial service providers that cater to the poor have been drawn to the money transfer market because it offers them the opportunity to fulfill their financial goals as well as their social objectives.

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English (28 pages) | French (32 pages) | Spanish (32 pages) | Arabic (28 pages) | Russian (55 pages) | Chinese (28 pages)

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