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ERIC Number: EJ761902
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 58
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0193-841X
Evaluating Mission Drift in Microfinance: Lessons for Programs with Social Mission
Hishigsuren, Gaamaa
Evaluation Review, v31 n3 p203-260 2007
The article contributes to a better understanding of implications of scaling up on the social mission of microfinance programs. It proposes a methodology to measure the extent, if any, to which a microfinance program with a poverty alleviation mission drifts away from its mission during rapid scaling up and presents findings from a field research using the proposed methodology at Activists for Social Alternatives (ASA), a microfinance organization that serves poor women in rural India. The findings indicate that mission drift is not a result of deliberate decisions by the management or board but rather is a result of the challenges posed by the scaling-up process. At times, changing trends in social outcomes were not obvious, and management was not aware of the changes indicated by the proposed measures of social performance. (Contains 22 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India