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Sustainability and outreach: a comparative study of MFIs in South Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean

Sustainability and outreach: a comparative study of MFIs in South Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean

Awaworyi Churchill, Sefa and Marr, Ana (2016) Sustainability and outreach: a comparative study of MFIs in South Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Bulletin of Economic Research, 68 (5). pp. 1-23. ISSN 1467-8586 (Print), 1467-8586 (Online) (doi:10.1111/boer.12100)

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Abstract

Previous studies indicate that microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have different operational strategies to MFIs in South Asia (SA). Given the recent emphasis placed on the feasibility of MFIs to achieve the dual goals of outreach and sustainability concurrently, we examine and compare the relationship between sustainability and outreach of MFIs in LAC with MFIs in SA. Our results indicate that trade-offs exist between outreach and sustainability in both regions. However, the severity of trade-off is dependent on which goal MFIs decide to focus on in each region.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the above cited article, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/boer.12100. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving
Uncontrolled Keywords: Microfinance; Sustainability; Outreach; Financial performance; South Asia; Latin America;
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre (GPERC)
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Development Studies Research Group
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food Systems Research Group
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2018 14:38
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15934

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