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Doing Good by Doing Well? Microfinance, Self-Regulation and Borrowers' Over-indebtedness in the Dominican Republic

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Afonso, Joana Silva
Guérin, Isabelle
Forcella, Davide
Published in Journal of International Development. 2017, vol. 29, no. 7, p. 919-935
Abstract The Dominican Republic's microfinance sector is considered to be a solid market where over-indebtedness prevention best practices are widely and successfully implemented. Relying on qualitative data collection tools and analysis, we identify these ‘best practices' as self-regulation mechanisms, and we show how they fail to fully fulfil their goals in the Dominican market. While financial exclusion supports the idea of a sizable microcredit market, we argue that the focus on growth and high competition strongly jeopardizes the positive social outcomes of microcredit, and that only a paradigm shift within the sector will really change the present situation. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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AFONSO, Joana Silva et al. Doing Good by Doing Well? Microfinance, Self-Regulation and Borrowers' Over-indebtedness in the Dominican Republic. In: Journal of International Development, 2017, vol. 29, n° 7, p. 919-935. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:91215

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