The book is a contemporary compilation of important research in the area of microfinance and financial inclusion. It explores a plurality of views and experiences from different parts of the world while linking a variety of international research backgrounds. Accordingly the book will ?ll a gap in providing a carefully curated cross-sectorial selection of topics relevant to the development ?nance research community primarily but also industry practitioners who are interested in keeping abreast of developing research. Bene?ts in this regard also include being able to provide a platform to less established researchers o?ering them a voice in published form.
Michael O'Connor is a senior lecturer in the accounting and financial management subject group at Portsmouth Business School. As a law graduate and finance professional he has worked with Andersen and KPMG in Ireland as well as the European Commission in Brussels. He has significant overseas experience in Russia and China, particularly in financial training. In this regard he has also worked as a contractor for international consultancy firms on behalf of public and private sector clients in Western Europe, West Africa, Central Asia. He is a graduate of the European Microfinance Programme at Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and was a co-organiser of the 5th European Research Conference on Microfinance.
Joana Silva Afonso is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Portsmouth (Economics and Finance Department). She has experience both as practitioner and researcher in the microfinance sector. She first became involved with microfinance in Portugal where she was a microcredit officer at ANDC (NGO) between 2005 and 2012. In 2013, she completed the European Microfinance Programme at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), which included field work in the Dominican Republic. Between 2015 and 2018, as part of her PhD at the University of Portsmouth, she conducted research on the challenges associated with impact evaluation in microfinance with field work in Pakistan and Zimbabwe. She was a co-organiser of the 5th European Research Conference on Microfinance which took place in June 2017.
1. The Microfinance Alphabet- Marek Hudon, Marc Labie and Ariane Szafarz
2. Addressing climate change with Microfinance Plus: experiences in cattle and coffee regions of Nicaragua- Johan Bastiaensen, Milagros Romero and Frédéric Huybrechs
3. Remittances: loan funds for a rural economy? Evidence from the Kayes District (Western Mali)- Michel Namé and Philippe Lebailly
4. Islamic Microfinance: exploring the experience of Akhuwat in promoting Qard Hasan in Pakistan- Joana Silva Afonso and Ajaz Ahmed Khan
5. Relationship lending in microfinance: do women benefit as much as men?- Mathilde Bauwin
6. What happens when microfinance programmes are withdrawn? A conceptual framework for analysing causal effects- Nargiza Alimukhamedova
7. Good Customer Service versus Bad Regulation- Mark Hannam
8. Reframing microfinance and financial inclusion research: case studies and synthesis- James Copestake