ERIC Number: EJ1063171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
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Reference Count: 12
An Extension Case Study in Institutional Innovation: Microfinance Intermediary Formation
Edelman, Mark A.
Journal of Extension, v53 n2 Article 2FEA4 Apr 2015
An institutional innovation process led by Extension created a statewide microfinance intermediary. The intermediary provides business technical assistance and microloans to entrepreneurs having difficulty securing conventional credit but having workable business plans. The process included (1) gathering indicators of a problem; (2) formation of a steering committee of relevant interests to study the concerns; (3) a search for alternative solutions and assessment of probable consequences; and (4) emergence of an institutional strategy for addressing gaps. A business plan was implemented over 5 years. The collaboration created new opportunities on multiple levels for Extension problem-solving impacts and outcomes.
Descriptors: Extension Education, Case Studies, Innovation, Cooperative Planning, Entrepreneurship, Credit (Finance), Business, Committees, Technical Assistance, Problem Solving
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa