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A Research Agenda for Financial Inclusion and Microfinance

Edited by Marek Hudon, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, CERMi-Université Libre de Bruxelles, Marc Labie, Warocqué School of Business and Economics, CERMi-Université de Mons and Ariane Szafarz, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, CERMi-Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
How can financial services, such as credit, deposit accounts, financial transfers, and insurance be provided to people in need? This challenging and complex issue has been a topic of interest for the international aid community for decades. Drawing on renowned experts in microfinance and financial inclusion, this Research Agenda sheds much-needed light on this multifaceted challenge and points the way ahead for future research.
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Publication Date: May 2019
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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

How can financial services, such as credit, deposit accounts, financial transfers, and insurance be provided to people in need? This challenging and complex issue has been a topic of interest for the international aid community for decades. Drawing on renowned experts in microfinance and financial inclusion, this Research Agenda sheds much-needed light on this multifaceted challenge and points the way ahead for future research.

Providing a critical and multidisciplinary approach to research in microfinance and financial inclusion, the authors provide a state of the art overview of current scholarly knowledge on the provision of financial services to disadvantaged populations worldwide. Reviewing the literature on the subject from the fields of economics, management science and development studies, they discuss the limitations and challenges of current research and chart avenues for future developments.

With its fascinating insights, this Research Agenda will be of interest to students of finance and economics, development, and business and management, as well as researchers with a specific interest in microfinance and financial inclusion.
Contributors include: J. Bastiaensen, A. Cozarenco, B. D’espallier, K.O. Djan, M. Duvendack, A. Garcia, J. Goedecke, I. Guérin, V. Hartarska, B. Hathaway, N. Hermes, F. Huybrechs, R. Lensink, R. Mersland, J. Morduch, S. Morvant, D. Nadolnyak, T. Ogden, J.-M. Servet, T.W. Sommeno, A. Szafarz, G. Van Hecken, B. Venet, L. Weill, T. Wry, S. Zamore





Contents:

Introduction

Part I Framing Research On Microfinance And Financial Inclusion
1. The Challenges of Social Investment Through the Microfinance Lens
Jonathan Morduch and Timothy Ogden

2. Microfinance and Management Theory
Brian Hathaway and Tyler Wry

3. Breaking Away From Ready-Made Remedies and Normative Approaches to Financial Practices
Isabelle Guérin, Solène Morvant and Jean-Michel Servet

4. What Do We Really Know About Microfinance Impact?
Maren Duvendack

Part II Social, Environmental, and Financial Performance
5. Social Performance Measurement in Microfinance
Bert D’espallier and Jann Goedecke

6. Microfinance and Financial Inclusion in the Transformation to Environmental Sustainability
Johan Bastiaensen, Frédéric Huybrechs and Gert Van Hecken

7. Efficiency and Productivity Analysis of Microfinance Institutions
Valentina Hartarska and Denis Nadolnyak

Part III Targets for Financial Inclusion
8. Islamic Microfinance
Laurent Weill

9. Microfinance Plus: A Review and Avenues for Research
Adriana Garcia and Robert Lensink

10. Microfinance in the North: Where Do We Stand?
Anastasia Cozarenco and Ariane Szafarz

Part IV Institutional and Technological Design
11. Internationalization of the Microfinance Industry
Roy Mersland, Stephen Zamore, Kwame Ohene Djan and Tigist Woldetsadik Sommeno

12. Microfinance and Governance
Niels Hermes

13. Fintech and Financial Inclusion
Baptiste Venet

Index