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Managing Microfinance Risks Some Observations And Suggestions

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Executive Summary

Risk is an integral part of financial intermediation. Hence, risk management must be at the heart of finance. However, it is disturbing to note that systematic risk management is still not as widespread as it should be in the microfinance industry. Except for a few flagship MicroFinance Institutions (MFIs), which constitute the core of the industry, most MFIs do not pay adequate attention to systematic risk management. The microfinance industry has grown rapidly during the last decade in breadth, depth, and scope of outreach. The rapid growth seems to continue, given the massive unserved and underserved market.

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