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Interrogating Microfinance Performance Beyond Products, Clients and the Environment: Insights From the Work of BRAC in Tanzania

Nicola Banks (), Dan Brockington (), David Hulme () and Mathilde Maitrot ()
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Nicola Banks: The University of Manchester
Dan Brockington: The University of Sheffield
David Hulme: The University of Manchester
Mathilde Maitrot: The University of York

The European Journal of Development Research, 2019, vol. 31, issue 3, 339-363

Abstract: Abstract The performance of microfinance organisations can depend on many factors. Current research emphasizes factors pertaining to clients, products, or broader environments, but researchers have paid less attention to the workings and internal systems of microfinance organisations. We explore how variation in performance within an organisation can alter the consequences of loans and their popularity among clients and potential clients. We illustrate with data from BRAC in Tanzania, where the arrival and rapid expansion of BRAC’s microfinance programme provides an apposite case study.

Keywords: Microfinance; BRAC; Tanzania; Organisational performance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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