nep-mfd New Economics Papers
on Microfinance
Issue of 2020‒03‒02
two papers chosen by
Olivier Dagnelie
Université de Caen

  1. Can Women's Self-Help Groups Contribute to Sustainable Development ? Evidence of Capability Changes from Northern India By Anand,Paul; Saxena,Swati; Gonzalez,Rolando; Dang,Hai-Anh H.
  2. Kenya; Technical Assistance Report-Monetary and Financial Statistics Mission (December 3-14, 2018) By International Monetary Fund

  1. By: Anand,Paul; Saxena,Swati; Gonzalez,Rolando; Dang,Hai-Anh H.
    Abstract: This paper investigates a women's self-help group program with more than 1.5 million participants in one of the poorest rural areas of Northern India. The program has four streams of activity in micro-savings, agricultural enterprise training, health and nutrition education, and political participation. The paper considers whether there is any evidence that program membership is associated with quality of life improvement. Using new data on a variety of self-reported capability indicators from members and non-members, the paper estimates propensity score matching models and reports evidence of differences in some dimensions as well as significant benefits to those from the most disadvantaged groups?scheduled castes and tribes. The paper considers robustness and concludes that for some dimensions, there is evidence that the program has contributed to sustainable development through improvements in the quality of life.
    Date: 2019–09–13
  2. By: International Monetary Fund
    Abstract: A monetary and financial statistics (MFS) technical assistance (TA) mission visited Nairobi, Kenya, during December 3–14, 2018.1 The main objectives of the mission were to work with staff of the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) to (i) review the implementation of the recommendations made by the MFS mission in January 2017; (ii) review the expanded coverage of the standardized report form for other depository corporations (SRF 2SR) including savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOs), microfinance banks (MFBs), and money market funds (MMFs); (iii) review the standardized report form for other financial corporations (SRF 4SR) comprising insurance companies and pension funds; (iv) review the adequacy of the available data for the remaining institutions in the other financial corporations (OFCs) subsector and adaptation of reporting forms to allow the expansion of the coverage of SRF 4SR; and (v) provide three-day training on the compilation of MFS for staff of the CBK and other financial sector regulatory authorities. In collaboration with staff of the CBK, the mission delivered these objectives and agreed with the authorities on an action plan to improve MFS in Kenya. The improvement of MFS contributes to enhancement of policy analysis and decision-making by the CBK.
    Date: 2020–01–29

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