2011 Microscope Index

The 2011 Global Microscope on the Microfinance Business Environment is an annual study that offers an in-depth analysis of the enabling environment in microfinance for 55 countries around the Globe.
With up-dated indicators that reflect the changing environment of microfinance, the 2011 Global Microscope study examines countries’ microfinance sector by considering the regulatory environment and non-regulatory operating conditions and practices in microfinance. This year the study has added new indicators that assess: the regulatory framework for deposit taking; client protection and dispute resolution mechanisms; policy and practices for doing financial transactions through agents; and the role of political shocks that affect the microfinance sector.

Financial support for the study was provided by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group; CAF Development Bank of Latin America and the Netherlands Technical Assistance Trust Fund at IFC.

2011 Microscope Full Report

English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF) | Data Model (Excel) | Bibliography (PDF)

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