This Brief discusses the various issues that should be considered when estimating demand for microloans. Although numerous attempts have been made to answer this question, it is difficult to come up with a reliable answer.
This Occasional Paper summarizes the results of CGAP's survey of the global outreach of a broad set of institutions that extend financial services downward -- institutions with a "double bottom line" of financial and social/development objectives. The survey found that over 750 million accounts exist below the traditional level of commercial banks and that a substantial fraction of these predominantly savings accounts probably belong to the poor or near poor -- and represent an important opportunity for outreach.
This paper reviews the main results from randomized evaluations that measure the impact of microcredit and microsavings on business investment and creation, consumption, and household well-being. It also presents evidence from evaluations of products and delivery design and discusses the evidence on microinsurance products.
This paper introduces a new dataset to fill a gap in the small and medium enterprise data landscape. In addition, it provides the first set of results of analyses with this new dataset, predicting the global small and medium enterprise lending volume to be $10 trillion.