Asia Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Monitor 2021: Volume III—Digitalizing Microfinance in Bangladesh: Findings from the Baseline Survey
This volume focuses on the digitalization of microfinance in Bangladesh to help make finance more affordable for small businesses, and finds it to be a promising avenue for further exploration.
Micro, small, and medium-sized businesses provide much of the income in rural Bangladesh, but their growth is constrained by limited access to affordable finance. This volume reports on a 2021 baseline study carried out in Bangladesh to pilot a randomized controlled trial to determine whether a digitalized group-based credit scheme could be introduced at an affordable price. The findings provide justification for further study on the digitalization of microfinance.
- Executive Summary
- Salient Features of Census, Household, and Village Sample
- Defining MSMEs and Their Relevance to Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals
- State of Microfinance and Microfinance Institutions
- Microenterprise Access to Financial Services
- Assessing the Impact of Financial Services on Microenterprise Productivity
- Assessing the Impact of Microenterprise on Rural Income: Does Access to Microfinance Matter?
- Mitigating Risk in Microenterprise Production and Rural Income
- Appendix: Sample Design and Data Collection and Description
Also in this Series
- Asia Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Monitor 2022: Volume I—Country and Regional Reviews
- Asia Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Monitor 2022: Volume II—The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Its Impact on Small Firms in Central and West Asia
- Asia Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Monitor 2021: Volume II—How Asia’s Small Businesses Survived a Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic: Survey Evidence