Research in Microfinance – Vijay Mahajan’s perspective

Vijay Mahajan has some great insights on the recent role of research in the evolution of the microfinance sector; Shamika Ravi rebuts. I have to say that the ‘acts of omission and commission’ by practitioners have hurt the sector far more than anything researchers could ever have done. At the same time, it draws attention to the recent debates on the politics of evidence-seeking – it matters what kind of evidence we are seeking and how our results are used. In this case, when a practitioner as eminent as Vijay Mahajan points out key research areas that are under-researched, the researcher community must pay attention. This is not a criticism of micro-level impact assessments – it is in fact a criticism of the fact that there haven’t been sufficient number of reliable research on microfinance at the ‘meso’ and ‘macro’ levels, as Vijay Mahajan defines it

Vijay Mahajan has some great insights on the recent role of research in the evolution of the microfinance sector; Shamika Ravi rebuts. I have to say that the 'acts of omission and commission' by practitioners have hurt the sector far more than anything researchers could ever have done. At the same time, it draws attention …

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More trouble for SKS

“We have found massive problems in insurance operations of SKS Microfinance,'' Mr J. Hari Narayan, Chairman, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), told Business Line here on Tuesday. The irregularities included receiving the cheques of death claims from its insurers on its name, which is illegal. The only listed MFI in the country, based out …

On posturing by MFIs

MS Sriram has an article on MFIs, where he insists on the importance on 'modesty' as an important personal and organisational attribute in general, doing business, but especially when working with the poor. When Mexico's Compartamos, one of the largest MFIs in Latin America, was a not-for-profit, it was not really questioned much on its …