Impact assessment methodologies for microfinance: Theory, experience and better practice

  title={Impact assessment methodologies for microfinance: Theory, experience and better practice},
  author={David Hulme},
  journal={World Development},
  • D. Hulme
  • Published 2000
  • Economics
  • World Development
Abstract Microfinance programs and institutions are increasingly important in development strategies but knowledge about their impacts is partial and contested. This paper reviews the methodological options for the impact assessment (IA) of microfinance. Following a discussion of the varying objectives of IA it examines the choice of conceptual frameworks and presents three paradigms of impact assessment: the scientific method, the humanities tradition and participatory learning and action (PLA… Expand

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