Global Advanced Research Journal of Management and Business Studies (ISSN: 2315-5086) February 2016 Vol. 5(2), pp 031-042

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Framework for Microfinance Sector in the Arab Countries

Ahmad Mashal

Deanship of Business Studies, Arab Open University Jordan Branch


Accepted 16 June 2015


In the last two decades, the market for microfinance in the Arab countries has grown strongly, although it still suffers from limitations due to the inadequate regulations and undeveloped structures. This study provides a plan for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the region’s governments financial sector, non-governmental organizations, and donors’ efforts to advance the evolution of microfinance in the intended Arab countries. The suggested plan aims to increase the depth and breadth of outreach, as well as the diversity of microfinance products offered. It proposes the implementation of the suggested plan over a time span of 6 years. The proposed plan identifies the areas of involvement required in the short, medium and long terms. Recommendations are made on how to introduce the issues and challenges on these three levels, indentifying the measures to be enacted in the short term (1 -2 years), medium term (2 – 4 years) and long term (4 – 6 years).

Keyword: Microfinance, Outreach, Arab countries, Governments, Regulations, Micro financial institutions, Suggested plan.

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