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By Peter van Dijk,
Microfinance Focus June 2011:Microfinance (MF) can indeed be a powerful tool to fight poverty; I am convinced of that, it is common sense. And it can do that in two ways. Microfinance can provide a tool (defined...
Peter van Dijk,
Microfinance Focus, May 02, 2011: Last night at about 3 o’clock in the night I woke up and could not sleep anymore. At around 4 o’clock a singing bird started to...
By Peter van Dijk, BSD City, Indonesia
Microfinance Focus, March 30, 2011: The popular uprisings that have engulfed North Africa and the Middle East started by a desperate individual act in Tunisia. Mr. Muhammad...
I again need your help as I do not understand so well why the Government's decision to ask Prof. Yunus' retirement from managing GrameenBank (GB) in Bangladesh has raised so much and loud attention. He is 70 years of age and local...
In a paper published in October 2010 the World Microfinance Forum Geneva (WMFG) argues that the microfinance sector can take valuable lessons from...
The Importance of distinguishing between Savings and Deposits
As with many financial terms “Savings” and “Deposits” are often mixed and inappropriately used by all kinds of Microfinance practitioners; public authorities, donors, aid...
By Peter van Dijk,
The only agreement in Microfinance seems to be the ultimate goal that it should reduce poverty. A decade ago, the Micro-debt part of the sector, which now is a...
Consumer protection services; empowering the poor in Microfinance
Microfinance is supposed to help reduce poverty, to “put poverty in museums” as GrameenBank’s founder and Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus once stated. Strange that...
Microfinance: reading the signs and putting the message right
Over the last two-three years we have witnessed the force of banking throughout the world. Or rather, we have seen how bad policies, regulations and supervision have caused...