The Nature of NGO Microfinance in Vietnam and Stakeholders' Perceptions of Effectiveness

Nghiem, Hong Son and Laurenceson, James (2005) The Nature of NGO Microfinance in Vietnam and Stakeholders' Perceptions of Effectiveness. Discussion Paper, No. 3, East Asia Economic Research Group, School of Economics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Nghiem, Hong Son
Laurenceson, James
Title The Nature of NGO Microfinance in Vietnam and Stakeholders' Perceptions of Effectiveness
School, Department or Centre East Asia Economic Research Group, School of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Report Number Discussion Paper, No. 3
Publication date 2005-10-01
Subject 340203 Finance Economics
Abstract/Summary The microfinance industry in Vietnam, particularly those sponsored by non-government organisations (NGOs), has experienced rapid expansion in recent years. While there have been anecdotal reports alluding to their contribution in alleviating poverty, a systematic analysis of this issue has been lacking. In a bid to help address this shortcoming, this paper reports on data that was obtained during a survey and interview process that incorporated various stakeholders including financial donors, NGO-sponsored microfinance institutions (NMPs), village leaders and NMP members and non-members. Firstly, the nature of NMPs is described - their objectives, target groups and the financial products they offer. Secondly, perceptions of NMPs effectiveness are discussed from the standpoint of various stakeholders. NMPs are found to be at a critical juncture. While their activities are widely perceived to contribute to poverty alleviation, their future viability is clouded by donor requirements that they become financially self-sufficient. At the same time, certain government policies make achieving this goal very difficult.
Keyword Microfinance
NGOS
non-government organisations
Vietnam
perceptions
effectiveness
poverty
lending

Document type: Department Technical Report
Collection: Discussion Papers (School of Economics)
 
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