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Overview: The New Microfinance Handbook

Overview: The New Microfinance Handbook

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The New Microfinance Handbook takes a market systems approach to financial inclusion, oriented by client needs. Framing the book with the client as the central element recognizes the emerging awareness that the financial service needs of poor people, like those not so poor, are many. Increasing financial inclusion requires a multitude of market actors working together to make the system work better for the poor.
The New Microfinance Handbook brings together leading industry thinkers and organizes their ideas into a concise reference for all development finance stakeholders. The book methodically outlines all the considerations for increasing financial inclusion, with a particular focus on understanding the needs of poor households.
The New Microfinance Handbook takes a market systems approach to financial inclusion, oriented by client needs. Framing the book with the client as the central element recognizes the emerging awareness that the financial service needs of poor people, like those not so poor, are many. Increasing financial inclusion requires a multitude of market actors working together to make the system work better for the poor.
The New Microfinance Handbook brings together leading industry thinkers and organizes their ideas into a concise reference for all development finance stakeholders. The book methodically outlines all the considerations for increasing financial inclusion, with a particular focus on understanding the needs of poor households.

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Published by: World Bank Publications on Feb 11, 2013
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Edited by Joanna Ledgerwood
with Julie Earne and Candace Nelson
Microfnance
The New
 A Financial Market System Perspective
Handbook
OVERVIEW
 
On microfinance and
The New Microfinance Handbook
“Financial services help to smooth cash flows, build assets, invest productively, and, importantly, man-age risks. Increasing the outreach o financial services that are afordable and meet the varied needs o poor women and men can contribute significantly to economic development and overall quality o lie,key objectives o practitioners and policy makers alike.”
—Maria Otero,
ormer CEO, Accion International“The journey rom microfinance to financial inclusion began in earnest when we understood that cli-ents need diverse services such as savings, payments, and insurance, as well as loans.
The New Microfinance Handbook
reflects a lesson we learned many years ago—that sharing knowledge and bestpractices is so important to help providers, policy makers, and others to continue to innovate, adapt,and scale financial services in order to add real value to customers in a responsible way.”
—H.R.H. Princess Máxima of the Netherlands,
The UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate orInclusive Finance or Development (UNSGSA)
The New Microfinance Handbook
fills a critical gap in the current literature on financial inclusion. I amparticularly pleased with the explicit ocus on consumers and their needs—this, together with theonset o technology-based delivery models, has been the most important shit in the microfinance fieldover the past 15 years. I am sure that by taking the financial ecosystem approach and compiling all thecurrent trends into one volume, this book will serve as a reerence or the large and growing financialinclusion community or years to come.”
—Brigit Helms,
author o 
 Access or All
“Financial services that support asset building, investment, and risk management are critical or peopleo all ages in rontier and postconflict environments. In
The New Microfinance Handbook
, the authorshighlight the importance o understanding client needs and the need or a more inclusive financialsector. This work provides an excellent resource or navigating a diverse and rapidly changing micro-finance sector.”
—President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,
Liberia“Poor people’s lives are complex; the goods, services and amenities that they need to escape rompoverty—and the means by which they get them—are equally diverse. One-size-fits-all solutions are anillusion. Our challenge as development policy makers, researchers, and practitioners in all fields—bethat in finance, agriculture, health or education—is to understand and respond to this complexity inways that help build diverse, resilient socioeconomic systems that are able to serve the needs o thepoor, sustainably and at scale.
The New Microfinance Handbook
reflects this challenge. It moves beyond the original
 Microfinance Handbook
’s ocus on retail microfinance to deal with the imperative o understanding and strengthen-ing the wider financial ecosystem, which is essential to making financial markets genuinely workbetter—inclusively and responsibly—or poor men and women. This shit has significant implicationsor development agencies, requiring ‘smarter’ subsidies, diferent types o partners, and more acilita-tive or catalytic interventions.”
—Robert Hitchens,
Director, Springfield Centre, United Kingdom
 
The New
 
MicrofinanceHandbook
A Financial Market System Perspective
Edited by Joanna Ledgerwood
with Julie Earne and Candace Nelson
Overview 

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