UN Report: Role Of Microcredit In The Eradication Of Poverty

1 See Report of the World Summit for Social Development, Copenhagen 6-12 March 1995 (United Nations publication,Salcs NO. E.96.IV.8).

Selected recent literature on microfinance and related issues

United Nations entities

International Fund for Agricultural Development, The State of World Rural Poverty: An inquiry into Its Causes and Consequences (New York, New York University Press, 1992).

United Nations Capital Development Fund, Microfinance and Anti-Poverty Strategies, A Donor Perspective (1997).

Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest and World Bank

CGAP, “The Microcredit Summit Report”, communique issued by the Council of Heads of State and Government at the Microcredit Summit,1997.

__________,”A policy framework for the Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP)- a microfinance programme”.

__________,Focus notes Nos. 1,2 and 10.

__________,”Microfinance : the new emerging market?”, by Mohini Malhotra, Newsletter No. 3.

__________,”Towards creating a poverty-free world”, by Mohammad Yunus, Newsletter No. 1.

__________,”Three innovative institutions in Bangladesh: BRAC, ASA and Buro-Tangail”, by Gregory Chen, Newsletter No. 5.

__________,”Strengthening Asian MFIs”,by Jyita Mukherjee, Newsletter No. 5.

World Bank, “Case studies in microfinance, Zimbabwe: ZAMBUCO Trust” (1995) (abstract executive summary).

__________,”The informal sector and microfinance institutions in West Africa”, Regional and Sectoral Studies, Leila Webster and Peter Fidler, eds. (1996).


Buckley, Graeme, “Microfinance in Africa: is it either the problem or the solution?”, World Development, vol. 25, No 7 (1997).

Currie,Antony, “Small lenders count too”, Euromoney (July 1996).

Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Microfinance for the Poor, Hartmut Schneider,ed. (1997).

Johnson, Susan and Ben Rogaly, “Microfinance and poverty reduction”, Oxfam(United Kingdom and Ireland) and ACTIONAID (1997).

MkNelly, Barbara, and Christopher Dunford, “Are credit savings services effective?”, A Literature and Analysis, Freedom from Hunger, Research Paper No. 1.

Mosley, Paul, and David Hulme, “Microenterprise finance: is there a conflict between growth and poverty alleviation?”, World Development, vol.26, No. 5 (1998), pp.783-790.

United States Agency for International Development, “Assessing the impacts of microenterprise interventions: a framework for analysis, managing for results, Working Paper No. 7 (March 1995)

__________,Microentreprise Development Brief No. 18 (September 1995).