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The Role for Membership Based Financial Services in Reaching the Unbanked, Primarily in Rural Areas Image

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The Role for Membership Based Financial Services in Reaching the Unbanked, Primarily in Rural Areas

The Role for Membership Based Financial Services in Reaching the Unbanked, Primarily in Rural Areas

Summary

This document provides a fairly new conceptual framework that looks at the market for financial services in a region and provides indications on the most appropriate institutional structure to serve that market. This framework can serve as a guide to financial institutions as they look at expansion opportunities or to donors who wish to fund financial service development in targeted areas. It will provide a foundation for the other presentations in this section of the Conference. We first look at generic issues (not specific to a typology or a setting), then turn to the concept of carrying capacity which we illustrate with examples and only then address the challenges of different typologies.

In addition, we also need to define the gaps in the financial system. For the purposes of this study we see the largest gaps in areas with high incidence of poverty, not able to carry high cost institutions, have low population densities, and
have tenuous links with the financial systems of urban areas. Economic activity is fragile and largely agricultural based.



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