Microfinance and the Double Bottom Line

Posted by on November 21, 2003

[posted from Community Development Banking list]

We are pleased to share with you the working paper entitled:

Microfinance and the Double Bottom Line
Working Paper on Measuring Social Return for the Microfinance Industry

It is available for download for free on the website of Social Enterprise Associates (http://www.socialenterprise.net/resources.html). Look for ?NEW? in red letters.

The paper investigates the Double Bottom Line, that revenue generating activities produce financial, as well as social, return, as it pertains to microfinance. The term Social Return is gaining increasing attention in the business and non-profit sectors.

As this is a working paper, we invite your comments, criticisms, thoughts, and ideas to advance these central ideas of social return in the microfinance industry. Comments received before December 18, 2003, will be taken into consideration for the next editing round. All commentators will be acknowledged in the final publication.

Recommendations of potential publications for this paper, as well as appropriate venues to expand discussion of social return and its value for microfinance specifically and economic development broadly, are highly encouraged.

This paper was written through funding provided by the Ford Foundation, Mexico Office, through a grant to the MicroCapital Institute.

Drew Tulchin
Social Enterprise Associates
New DC ph: 202-256-2692
Seattle ph / fax: 206-686-2897

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