Latest Microfinance Institutional Trend Data Now Available In MicroBanking Bulle...

Jul 2009
Washington, United States, July, 15 2009 - The Microfinance Information Exchange, Inc. (MIX) announced the release of the latest issue of The MicroBanking Bulletin. Issue 18 of the MBB focuses on the impact of the global economic crisis on microfinance institutions and their clients, with benchmark trend lines from MFIs (microfinance institutions) from 2005 - 2007, a robust data set that covers performance and financial data on 487 MFIs in 78 countries.

"This data set represents MFI operational and financial performance trends in the three years prior to the economic crisis, providing a baseline against which to assess MFIs performance during the global economic downturn. As we move through the crisis, collecting and analyzing performance data at various intervals, we will be able to see how this industry has responded, providing us with details about industry strengths and weaknesses. This information can better prepare MFIs, investors and other industry actors for the next financial crisis, be it national, regional or global," stated Blaine Stephens, COO of MIX and director of analysis.

The analysis of the data included in the MBB finds that after recent years of growth, MFI profits have flattened relative to their asset bases. Additionally, efficiency gains have become slimmer as institutions matured. Yet borrower outreach grew at a persistent rate across all regions, with loan portfolios growing even faster - 47 percent in USD terms in 2007, due in part to a depreciating USD.

In addition to the MFI benchmarks trend line data, the MBB Issue 18 features articles addressing the impact of the global crisis on microfinance from the perspective of various industry actors. Articles on the impact of inflation on microfinance clients in Pakistan and how elevated food prices affect microfinance clients throughout the developing world address the perspective of MFIs and clients, while Deutsche Bank, offering a funder's point of view, authored an article on the changes they are seeing in their portfolio.

Published semi-annually, The MicroBanking Bulletin is the premier journal for the microfinance industry. Current and past issues can be downloaded at

Source : PRNewswire

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