1. Policy Brief on ‘Diagnostics of Micro-enterprise (ME) Lending by MFIs in Bangladesh: Opportunities and Challenges’
This Policy Brief identifies key opportunities, challenges and way forward for microfinance institutions (MFIs) to expand micro-enterprise (ME) lending and deposit services in Bangladesh. The analysis is based on secondary data collected from Bangladesh Bank (BB), Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA) and MFIs; and primary data collected from 600 MEs and information through discussions with BB, MRA, banks, and MFIs.
Several issues guide the analysis of the study. First, why development of MEs is so important in Bangladesh? Second, what constraints do MEs face in their development? Third, to what extent is finance a critical factor? Fourth, what is the existing demand-supply gap of ME credit? Fifth, what policies/strategies should be taken to promote and develop MEs through MFIs?
2. Policy brief on “Review of the SME credit-related policies of Bangladesh Bank: Identify areas of further improvement by focusing on MSE Finance”.
The policy brief is prepared extracting the findings of the policy study on “Review of the SME credit-related policies of Bangladesh Bank: Identify areas of further improvement by focusing on MSE Finance.” The issues discussed on which policy recommendations are drafted include having a suitable and unified definition of MSMEs; developing two separate policies for banks/NBFIs and MFIs to serve different enterprise segments such as Micro enterprises and Small enterprises and improving Bangladesh bank’s current MSME(financing) policy.