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Microfinance during Financial Crisis: Evidence from Bangladesh

Syedah Shan E Ahmad
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Syedah Shan E Ahmad: Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences, The Women University, Multan, Pakistan

International Journal of Economics and Empirical Research (IJEER), 2015, vol. 3, issue 6, 262-270

Abstract: Purpose: The study scrutinizes the efficiency and sustainability of Microfinance Institutions in Bangladesh during financial crisis era for 2008 and 2009. Methodology: For this progression, firstly Data Envelopment Analysis is applied to quantify efficiency and then sustainability check is tested. The very huge and huge MFIs have been traditionally found very profitable. Findings: Portfolio quality also appears to be in down turn. As time passes smaller MFIs have stretched their operations and arrive at financial viability. Recommendations: The issue that made most contributes are management cost control, reasonable cost of capital and economies of scale (expanding portfolio), particularly subsidized finances and low cost reserves.

Keywords: Bangladesh; Efficiency; Financial crisis; Sustainability; Microfinance institutions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G21 L25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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