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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Great India Microfinance Credit Bureau: Questions that beg an answer…

Ramesh S Arunachalam

The establishment and use of a credit bureau in an emerging market like India a very challenging task. If serious efforts are made, it could take several years from initial discussions to regular use of the credit bureau—one that produces reliable and valid credit information reportsin a transparent manner and not just some reports

It indeed very nice to see an increasing emphasis placed by many stakeholders on the use of credit bureaus (and better credit reporting) in microfinance. One such stakeholder is the International Finance Corporation (IFC), “which is holding a ‘South Asia Regional Workshop on Microfinance Credit Reporting’ in New Delhi on 14 December 2011. IFC and co-sponsors Omidyar Network launched phase one of MFI Credit Bureau project in India in June 2009 working closely with MFIN and the existing credit bureaus, as a result of which about 45 MFIs have started reporting to a credit bureau and 55 million client records have beenuploaded as 2011 draws to a close.” (http://www.microfinancefocus.com/ifc-expand-microfinance-credit-bureaus-coverage-india)

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