Microfinance and the commercial banking system: Perspectives from Barbados

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By adopting microfinance as a core component in their development aid programmes, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other development groups aim to reduce poverty and also, raise the status of women and disadvantaged communities. Nevertheless, despite its enormous success in tackling poverty, the applicability of microfinance in formal banks remains a major challenge for developing countries where most of the world's poor reside without access to banking facilities. The authors of this article posit that central banks and the banking sector, in general, can promote good and inclusive financial governance in developing countries by adopting microfinance practice and by integrating pro-poor policies into their banking systems. Focusing on the case of Barbados, the article examines the importance of microfinance for commercial banks. It is argued that the integration of microcredit into the banking and credit schemes of commercial banks and microfinance institutions is a key to promoting good governance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-125
Number of pages10
JournalProgress in Development Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


  • Barbados
  • Commercial banks
  • International development
  • Microcredit
  • Microfinance
  • Poverty

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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