Microfinance in Australia

In From the margins to the mainstream: The challenges for microfinance in Australia, Ingrid Burkett and Genevieve Sheehan discuss microfinance in Australia and include a useful directory of microfinance programs.

It follows up on a 2003 report and concludes:

Over the past six years, the microfinance field in Australia has grown steadily stronger, with a number of programs starting to slowly build a degree of scale. The achievements to date should be recognised and celebrated. However, there has by no means been a prolific growth of the sector—there has not been a flourishing development of new programs, nor has the scaling up of existing programs accelerated to the extent predicted in the earlier report.

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