COST‐EFFICIENCY AND OUTREACH OF MICROFINANCE INSTITUTIONS: TRADE‐OFFS AND THE ROLE OF OWNERSHIP uri icon

abstract

  • The focus on achieving financial efficiency by microfinance institutions in recent years raises a natural concern on their social outcome, outreach to the poor. Using a stochastic frontier approach on sample microfinance providers in Ethiopia, this paper analysed the effect of an increasingly important efficiency requirement on the traditional social mission of microfinance. It also addressed whether the way ownership is organised and practiced affects the cost of microfinance delivery. The result indicates a trade-off between the outreach to the poor and cost-efficiency, suggesting the difficulty in trying to achieve the two goals simultaneously. Financial cooperatives are better in their cost containment compared with specialised microfinance institutions owned by shareholders. Copyright (c) 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

publication date

  • 2014
  • 2014