Carping Critics and the Microfinance Conundrum

Cambodia in the spotlight and Cambodia’s need for microfinance reform

The Cambodian microfinance sector has been under the spotlight of the international media and investors in recent years. It is accused of aggressive lending leading to coercive behavior towards poor clients, causing landlessness and suicides.  

Based on its recent impact assessment study of Cambodian microfinance, M-CRIL has written two advisory notes: 

  1. Note 1, "Cambodia in the spotlight," examines the validity of some of the sensational international headlines.
  2. Note 2, "Cambodia’s need for microfinance reform," highlights key weaknesses of the sector and proposes measures for the reform of microfinance in Cambodia.

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By Sanjay Sinha