This report outlines the findings of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s in-depth analysis of the microfinance business environment in 55 countries.
The index that underlies this report allows countries and regions to be compared across two broad categories: Regulatory Framework and Practices, which examines regulatory and market-entry conditions, and Supporting Institutional Framework, which assesses business practices and client interaction.
The Microscope was originally developed for countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region in 2007 and was expanded into a global study in 2009. Most of the research for this report, which includes surveys, interviews and desk analysis, was conducted between June and July 2013. This year’s Microscope builds on last year’s study and analyses annual trends according to the new methodology implemented in 2011.
This work was supported by financing from the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group; CAF— development bank of Latin America; the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion and Citi Microfinance.
Global microscope on the microfinance business environment 2013
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