Reframing Microfinance and Financial Inclusion Research: Case Studies and Synthesis

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The status of microfinance in international development will remain an important area of research and debate for as long as relatively poor people continue to struggle with access and effective use of financial services. This paper reflects on the evolution of microfinance and financial inclusion as arenas of research, focusing on its scope and on tensions arising from diverse disciplinary framings. It highlights how core research questions are situated on a broader canvas, and argues in favour of unruly case studies to complement and challenge systematic synthesis. The argument is illustrated with reference to material presented at the 2017 European Microfinance Platform conference in Portsmouth, UK, and Financial Inclusion in India conference in New Delhi.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmerging Challenges and Innovations in Microfinance and Financial Inclusion
EditorsMichael O'Connor, Joana Silva Afonso
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages11
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Jul 2019


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