Microfinance in Africa: Is it Either the Problem or the Solution?

  • G. Buckley (1997). World Development, 1081-1093
  • Abstract: This article is based on research undertaken on microenterprises in the informal sector in Kenya, Malawi and Ghana. It seeks to provoke critical reflection on the uncritical enthusiasm that lies behind much proselytizing of microfinance for informal sector microenterprise. It questions whether the extensive donor interest in microenterprise finance really addresses the problems of microentrepreneurs or whether it offers the illusion of a quick fix. It suggests that the real problems are more profound and cannot be tackled solely by capital injections but require fundamental structural changes of the socioeconomic conditions that define informal sector activity and a fuller understanding of the "psyche" of informal sector entrepreneurs. 1997 Elsevier Science Ltd.
  • Theme: Finance
  • Keywords: developing country, financial provision, industrial investment, informal sector, microfinance, small enterprise, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi
  • Reference type: Journal Article
  • Geographic location: Africa, Global South
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