Microenterprise Development Review: Volume 9 : No. 1 : July, 2006

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Jul 2006
This issue of Microenterprise Development Review contains an article addressing The New Capital Accord known as Basel II, which seeks to promote among financial intermediaries best practices in risk management, more effective regulation and supervision, and greater market discipline. The article seeks to understand just how appropriate these formulas are for the typical portfolios of developing countries, in particular for microfinance portfolios, and what the results of their possible application would be. Another article in this edition addresses microinsurance in Latin America and the Caribbean and the partner-agent model, a model which it is argued, with appropriate donor support can rapidly scale-up the spread of insurance to the poor in Latin America and the Caribbean.