Published January 11, 2022
Congratulations to Associate Professor Nadine Shaanta Murshid and colleague on the publication of their article, "'Innovations' During COVID-19: Microfinance in Bangladesh" in Affilia.
Murshid, N. S. & Murshid, N. (2021). “Innovations” during COVID-19: Microfinance in Bangladesh. Affilia.
In this study of microfinance institutions (MFIs) and their participants, we show how certain innovations made by MFIs during the COVID-19 pandemic enable further consolidation of NGOs in Bangladeshi society. The study is based on interviews conducted in 2020 with key personnel from three major NGOs in Bangladesh: Grameen, Sajida Foundation, and Brac (which is also the largest NGO in the world), as well as 20 interviews conducted in 2018 (before the pandemic) with microcredit recipients who use financial services. We observed that MFIs scaled up by taking on the function of relief provision, financial services became more entrenched, and NGO governance was bolstered as MFIs served as intermediaries between the state and people, even though, as the 2018 interviews reveal, microfinance participants were reticent about technology uptake.