Accounting for microfinance failure: insights from Zambia

Siwale, Juliana and Ritchie, John (2013) Accounting for microfinance failure: insights from Zambia. International Journal of Critical Accounting, 5 (6). ISSN 1757-9848

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Abstract

The global trials of mainstream finance have brought calls for the development of human scale alternatives such as microfinance. However, developing country microfinance has itself been taken to task over its collective failings without much evidence about individual grassroots microfinance institution (MFI) failure. So, using an extended case study of PRIDE Zambia (PZ), this paper examines different stakeholder and other accounts about how this once promising frontier MFI failed. It finds that fast track founding and premature expansion based upon indifferent governance, hierarchical mismanagement, and unrecognised frontline problems further compounded by malpractice and corruption were central to PZ’s final failure. Zambia is a difficult frontier for donor-funded MFIs and, when PZ first sought to change its original grassroots character, its survival was so jeopardised that it failed as a result.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Microfinance, Governance, Microfinance institutions, Constituting failure, Corruption, Pride Zambia, refnypd
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N190 Business studies not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Business School
ID Code:5836
Deposited By: Juliana Siwale
Deposited On:11 Jun 2012 21:14
Last Modified:19 Feb 2014 13:17

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