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Entrepreneurship and value chains

Our research into entrepreneurship and value chains helps us to understand the factors enabling poverty reduction and growth in region Recent projects include: Microentrepreneurs in Poland: to conquer or to survive? This project assessed the growth potential of Polish microenterprises and their competitive environment. In doing so, we conducted 500 telephone interviews with owners and/or managers of microfirms. This project ...

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Financial Health

Financial health is the condition in which a household effectively manages its income and expenses, is resilient to financial shocks and plans its financial future with the long-term perspective. In the short-term, it is important to balance income and expenses and be able to generate income surpluses, to timely pay all bills and dues and prudently manage the household budget. ...

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Access to Finance Barometer

As part of a multi-component project funded by European Commission, MFC is developing and testing methodology of Access to Finance Barometer that will provide insights into the country-level access to finance issues and priorities in 10 EU countries. The purpose of the AFS Barometer is to assess the level of financial inclusion and conditions of access to finance in EU ...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Follow-up study on the risk of over-indebtedness of microcredit clients

This study focused on client over-indebtedness in Bosnia and Herzegovina, levels of which were the highest in the Central and Eastern Europe market. The study results confirm that a sizeable proportion of borrowers in Bosnia and Herzegovina experience difficult financial situations and have problems repaying their debts. Project dates  July – November 2009 Supported by European Fund for Southeast Europe ...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Pilot study on access of low-income households to financial services

This study examined the application of customer protection principles, access to financial services and the risk of over-indebtedness among low-income clients in Bosnia Herzegovina. The findings confirmed a high level of indebtedness and, in certain client segments, cross-borrowing and potential risk of over-indebtedness. The study found the interest in and use of financial services other than credit to be rather ...

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Kosovo: Study on the risk of over-indebtedness

This study sought to understand whether there is a problem of (over-)indebtedness among microcredit clients in Kosovo. Through analyzing credit bureau data and conducting surveys with financial institutions and clients, we were able to: understand the debt levels and underlying borrowing patterns of clients identify demand- and supply-side factors influencing over-indebtedness recommend solutions to over-indebtedness. This initiative was endorsed and supported ...

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Kyrgyzstan: Research on indebtedness and repayment performance

In this study, MFC analyzed data from the CIB “Ishenim” credit bureau, which manages borrower information from around 50 financial institutions (banks and MFIs) in Kyrgyzstan. The objectives were to: measure clients’ level of debt use understand patterns of credit use identify credit use characteristics and demographic features of clients with repayment problems explore financial institutions’ perspectives on the drivers ...

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Azerbaijan: Study on the risk of over-indebtedness of microcredit clients

This study on the risk of over-indebtedness in the ECA region was carried out in partnership with the Azerbaijan Micro Finance Association (AMFA). The objectives were to: Understand the debt levels and underlying borrowing patterns of clients Identify demand and supply factors that influence over-indebtedness Recommendations solutions for over-indebtedness in the country. Project dates May 2011 – August 2012 Supported ...

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European Union: Measuring Over-indebtedness: Indicators, Data, Reporting

  Project Dates: 1st January – 31 December 2014 Supported by European Commission MFC Policy paper: Debt, Borrowing and Over-indebtedness: A Country-Level Monitoring Framework Full text; Summary paper MFC presentation on availability of indicators in the EU- EESC Conference in Brussels 12th Dec. 2014 DG SANCO report on over-indebtedness in the EU  

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Over-indebtedness of microfinance clients

Since 2008, MFC has studied drivers and deterrents of client over-indebtedness through annual MFI mapping studies and targeted country studies Our work reveals worrying trends around the scale of multiple borrowing and cross-borrowing from different financial institutions. The major lessons emerging include: Key drivers of repayment problems: Number of loans: clients with multiple loans are more likely delay payments Loan ...

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