Milford Bateman, Visiting Professor of Economics, Juraj Dobrila at Pula University, Croatia, and Adjunct Professor of Development Studies, St Mary's University, Halifax, Canada. Stephanie Blankenburg is Head of the Debt and Development Finance Branch, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD. Richard Kozul-Wright is Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD.
This book provides a definitive, and much-needed, assessment of the microcredit movement: from the overselling of its modest initial promise, to its conversion into a new method of exploiting vulnerable people and communities, and to its misconceived embrace by global leaders and institutions. What cements this book's importance for development policy and practice is that its critique is accompanied by an affirmation of the role of productive, accessible financing in sustainable development. -- Gary Dymski, Professor of Applied Economics, Leeds University Business School, UK This is a must-read book to understand the financialisation of the poor from the perspective of the global microcredit industry. The Post-2015 Agenda, supporting financial and digital inclusion to achieve development and to end with poverty, hides the profit obtained by microcredit institutions when granting credit to small entrepreneurs and to those with fewer resources. The problem with indebtedness and lack of payment of loans, affects the poor, causing greater debt in crisis and recession periods. This provides important evidence and insight into what went wrong with microcredit. -- Alicia Giron, University Program of Asian and African Studies, UNAM, Mexico This unfailingly courageous and carefully researched book shatters the mythology around the microcredit myth that has captured the imagination and funding of the global development industry for far too long. It shines a bright light on the links between microcredit and rising indebtedness and financialised, rentier capitalism. Microcredit boosters take heed! -- Ilene Grabel, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, USA