Microfinance is now globally recognized as a powerful intervention for alleviating poverty. This innovative development approach has inspired numerous research works around the world. The Institute of Microfinance (InM) has undertaken a project to compile the major publications on the experience of microfinance in Bangladesh into a series of readings, of which this is the first. The present anthology deals with the reach of Microfinance Institutions (MFI) and their impacts on their clientele and the wider economy. This book is part of InM’s systematic effort to contribute to knowledge creation and management in the microfinance sector in Bangladesh and across the globe. It is expected that this anthology will be of value to academics, policy planners and practitioners by providing a comprehensive overview of the development of microfinance in Bangladesh whilst providing insights into changing trends in research.
"S.R. Osmani, the lead author, is Professor of Development Economics at Ulster University, UK, and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Microfinance in Dhaka. He has published widely in the areas of poverty, inequality, hunger, nutrition, employment, and economic development in general.
The three co-authors are all distinguished scholars on the Bangladesh economy. Md. Abdul Latif has recently retired as the Director of Research at the Institute of Microfinance, Binayak Sen is a Research Director at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, and Meherun Ahmed is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong."
M. A. Baqui Khalily is Professor of Finance at the University of Dhaka. Educated in Dhaka, he received his Msc degree and PhD in Agricultural Economics with major in Rural Finance and Banking from the Ohio State University, USA. He has been teaching at the Department of Finance, Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka since 1975. His research areas include financial markets, sustainability analysis, rural finance, microcredit, entrepreneurship development, corporate governance and capital market. He was the founding Executive Director of the Institute of Microfinance (InM), Bangladesh.