Interrogating Microfinance Performance beyond Products, Clients and the Environment: Insights from the work of BRAC in Tanzania

Nicola Banks, Daniel Brockington, David Hulme, Mathilde R L Maitrot

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Abstract

The performance of microfinance organisations can depend on many factors. Current research emphasizes factors pertaining to clients, products, or broader environments, but researchers have paid less attention to the workings and internal systems of microfinance organisations. We explore how variation in performance within an organisation can alter the consequences of loans and their popularity among clients and potential clients. We illustrate with data from BRAC in Tanzania, where the arrival and rapid expansion of BRAC’s microfinance programme provides an apposite case study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339–363
Number of pages25
JournalEuropean Journal of Development Research
Volume31
Early online date23 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2018

Keywords

  • Microfinance
  • BRAC
  • Tanzania
  • Organisational performance
  • Microfinance
  • BRAC
  • Organisational performance

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute

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