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|Title:||A framework for innovation roadmapping in microfinance information systems|
|Author(s):||Todd A. Watkins|
|Volume:||92 Editor(s): Todd A. Watkins, Karen Hicks ISBN: 978-1-84950-681-6 eISBN: 978-1-84950-682-3|
|Citation:||Todd A. Watkins (2009), A framework for innovation roadmapping in microfinance information systems, in Todd A. Watkins, Karen Hicks (ed.) Moving Beyond Storytelling: Emerging Research in Microfinance (Contemporary Studies in Economic and Financial Analysis, Volume 92), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.251-269|
|DOI:||10.1108/S1569-3759(2009)0000092011 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Article type:||Chapter Item|
Despite the remarkable expansion of microfinance over the past several decades, the industry remains in a developmental period of experimentation and rapid growth, exploring which approaches work best under different circumstances. Widespread diffusion and local adaptation of techniques and innovations from pioneering organizations such as ACCION International, Grameen Bank, FINCA, Bank Rakyat Indonesia, BancoSol, and many others fostered the emergence of a global industry that by most counts now serves more than 100 million clients. Yet along many dimensions of the industry – for example, client methodologies, information technologies and infrastructures, transparency and performance monitoring, product and service portfolios, funding structures, human resource management, health and environmental amelioration, and regulations – significant barriers remain to achieving the broad vision of microfinance as a major contributor in fighting global poverty.
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