Modern' or 'new paradigm' microfinancial services are reaching perhaps as many as twenty million people worldwide. These services are being provided by existing banks which have added microfinance to their product portfolio, by specialized microfinance institutions (MFIs) and by non-governmental organization (NGOs) which offer microfinance along with other services. This training manual is designed to meet the needs of those who train staff for banks, MFIs and NGOs. It will enable them to provide effective training for those who work, or may in the future work, in the field of microfinance. Practical Microfinance provides detailed step-by-step descriptions for twenty-two sessions which together offer a complete 5 to 10 day course on microfinance. The sessions cover a wide range of topics including: introduction to financial accounts; undertaking field visits; analysis of MFIs; group and individual lending; micro-insurance and micro-savings; and measuring the impact of microfinance. An introductory chapter includes advice on how to use the material in the book and a list of recommended resources and full index are provided for ease of reference.
Table of Contents
Prelims (Contents, Acknowledgements, Introduction)
1. ‘New paradigm microfinance’ – what is it?
2. Introduction to financial accounts and analysis
3. Field visits to microbusinesses
4. Rates of return and the cost of money
5. Visit to microfinance groups
6. Financial analysis of a microfinance institution
7. Planning for MFI profitability
8. Marketing microfinance
9. Men and women as clients for microfinance
10. Arrears and defaults – definition and measurement
11. ‘Graduation’ and individual loans
12. Individual versus group lending – the pros and cons of each
13. Bangladesh Grameen groups or self-help on-lending groups?
14. Subsidies – when and how?
15. Commercial banks and microfinance
16. The need for microsavings services
18. MFI staffing – recruitment and motivation
19. Management information systems – selection and design
20. Measuring the impact of microfinance
21. The ‘downside’ of microfinance
22. Regulation and supervision – by whom and how?
Back Matter (Resources, Index)
Sub Title N/A Author Malcolm Harper Editor No Number of Pages 192 Format Paperback / softback
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