Microfinance by Mario La Torre, Gianfranco A. Vento

By Mario La Torre, Gianfranco A. Vento

Microfinance is a entire research of the operational, managerial and fiscal features of microfinance. The textual content offers a modern research of microfinance company masking the hazards, returns and administration concerns linked to such task. It analyses the most services and products on hand in sleek microfinance and explains easy methods to deal with the monetary and non monetary dangers concerned. The booklet additionally offers a functionality and tracking version for microfinance programmes and describes how microfinance could be regulated.

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However, to be able to define microfinance as ethical it is necessary to evaluate two aspects: consolidation and the cost of intermediation. From a strict perspective, microfinance is ethical only when it also respects a level of ethicality in consolidation and the cost of intermediation. These factors take on great relevance seen from such a perspective. Microfinance increasingly depends on financial structures that tend to involve non-profit actors and traditional financial intermediaries at the same time, and the use of institutional resources alongside private ones.

In the face of an enhanced financial sophistication, greater transparency and a more efficient management system, microfinance risks losing its real nature of immediacy and ethicality that mark its origins. Encouraging the development of microfinance, today, means especially, finding operational and managerial models able to yield balanced A New Conception of Microfinance 19 cooperation between the non-profit system and the traditional financial system. The practitioners and the MFIs have to benefit from the expertise of financial intermediaries to achieve a high level of efficiency in resource management.

In the best microfinance projects, these services are supported by offering different types of training courses to the beneficiaries, from Products and Services in Modern Microfinance 35 management to accounting and also marketing to provide the beneficiary with the necessary abilities to better manage his microbusiness. Very often, microfinance programmes also include, alongside the microcredit component, social services focused on improving the living conditions of the target group. Typically, these are training courses on health, nutrition and education.

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