This timely Handbook offers a unique opportunity to consider the performance and national context of microcredit initiatives within the European Union.
Drawing together authors from a multi-disciplinary background and including complementary perspectives and interpretative analysis, this original Handbook examines which strategies and policies may affect how a particular country initiative fights against social and financial exclusion or fosters entrepreneurial behaviour with the use of microcredit. It explores the development of an Eastern/Western Europe practical divide in institutional practices and business models, whilst analysing the state of European microcredit and how the continent is adopting and adapting this developing world model for economic development.
This book will be an influential tool helping government and policymakers to target a new set of microcredit initiatives and programmes. It will also be an invaluable read for students and academics in economics, business, development issues and political science.
Edited by Barbara Jayo Carboni, former Director of Research, Fundacion Nantik Lum, Madrid, Spain, Maricruz Lacalle Calderon, Professor of Political Economy and Economic Development, Autonomous University of Madrid and Co-Director, Forum Nantik Lum Lum Nantik, MicroFinance Foundation, Silvia Rico Garrido, Professor, Universidad CEU San Pablo, Professor and Deputy Director-International Master in Microfinance for Entrepreneurship, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and Professor (Microcredit), Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI-Icade, Spain, Karl Dayson, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Executive Director, Community Finance Solutions, University of Salford, UK and Jill Kickul, Director, New York University-Stern Program in Social Entrepreneurship, NYU Stern School of Business, US