unctad.org | Launch of The Rise and Fall of Global Microcredit: Development, Debt and Disillusion
Launch of The Rise and Fall of Global Microcredit: Development, Debt and Disillusion
07 November 2018
13:30–15:00 hrs., Room XXII of the Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

 
 

2018-11-microcredit_231x300.jpgFew developmental fixes of the neoliberal era have captured the hearts, minds and pockets of the international development community, philanthropists and governments as much as microcredit. But in recent years, the microcredit model has been subject to scrutiny and intense criticism.

This book shines a light on the fundamental problems surrounding micro credit, including the impacts of dramatically rising levels of micro debt. Seen from the perspective of financialization, corporate rentierism and development finance, the book offers policy directions to move beyond this “fake” solution for poor households.

CHAIR:

  • Diana Barrowclough, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Globalization and Development Strategies Division, UNCTAD

PANEL OF AUTHORS:

  • Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of the Globalization and Development Strategies Division, UNCTAD

  • Milford Bateman, Freelance consultant on local economic development, Visiting Professor of Economics, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Croatia and Adjunct Professor of Development Studies, St Marys University, Halifax, Canada

  • Stephanie Blankenburg, Head of the Debt and Development Finance Branch, UNCTAD

  • Daniel Munevar, Economic Affairs Officer, Debt and Development Finance Branch, UNCTAD

And introducing a new UNCTAD publication: The Ins and Outs of Inclusive Finance: Some Lessons from Microfinance and Basic Income – edited by Diana Barrowclough

Documents

Language(s):English
Contact:
Ms. Penelope Hawkins
T.: 41 22 917 86 99
E.: penelope.hawkins@un.org
 
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