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Workshop: Microfinance and Financial Inclusion: A Promising Banking Model?

Oslo Business School at OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University in partnership with The Center for Research on Social Enterprises and Microfinance (CERSEM) at the University of Agder are hosting a workshop entitled “Microfinance and Financial Inclusion: A Promising Banking Model?”

Place: Oslo Metropolitan University (KK-senteret) Date and time: Thursday 27. September 2018 08:30 - Friday 28. September 18:00

Microfinance as a solution to reduce poverty has been at the center of development research over at least the last three decades. A large part of this research, especially since the 2000s, focuses on measuring the impact of microfinance (using e.g. randomized control trials) on the living conditions of the poor. Recently, the focus of this research has shifted towards understanding how policymakers can increase the poor’s financial inclusion, i.e. the extent to which ‘…individuals and businesses have access to useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs – transactions, payments, savings, credit and insurance – delivered in a responsible and sustainable way of the poor.’ (World Bank).

This research focuses on the demand side of microfinance. Less research has addressed the supply side, that is, the ways that microfinance institutions (MFIs) can contribute to increased financial inclusion of the poor as well as increased access for investors to the low-income banking segment.