Microfinance and Poverty Alleviation: United Nations Collaboration with Chinese Experiments

Author: Susan H. Holcombe Xu Xianmei

This paper reviews the experience of United Nations supported microfinance projects in China over the past twelve years, giving particular emphasis to two case studies. It undertakes this review in the context of the evolving policy environment for poverty alleviation within which microfinance schemes can be implemented. Using some of the conceptual framework and principles drawn from microfinance programmes elsewhere, the paper draws out some of the lessons learned from the UN supported projects and identifies the implications for future planning. An annex contains case studies of two UN (UNDP and UNICEF) supported microfinance schemes. The text includes brief descriptions of most UN supported projects involving microfinance.

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Partnership types

Doing business with the poor

Regions / countries / territories

Asia: China

Global issues

Job creation and enterprise development; Financial accessibility and management