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What are Country Profiles?

Many United Nations Member States have established National Committees on microfinance to promote the International Year of Microcredit activities. These National Committees have generated standardized summaries of their national microfinance sectors as a resource for donors, governments, organizations and agencies. We hope these summaries encourage the development of more inclusive financial sectors.

The profiles for developing countries cover the following five areas:

  1. Social and economic background
  2. Conducting in-country business
  3. Regulatory and legal environment
  4. Microfinance institution and commercial bank involvement
  5. National Committee activities.

The profiles for developed countries cover the following six areas:

  1. Social and economic background
  2. Regulatory and legal environment
  3. Government efforts to promote inclusive financial sectors
  4. Microfinance institution and commercial bank involvement
  5. Support for microfinance in developing countries
  6. National Committee activities.

Read our Research Guidelines (Developing Countries, OECD Countries) for a more detailed description of the research process and Glossary of Terms for definitions of commonly used phrases and indicators.

 

Country Profiles by Region
CEE/CIS and Baltic States
East Asia and the Pacific
Eastern and Southern Africa
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East and North Africa
North America, Western Europe
South Asia
West and Central Africa
world map CEE/CIS and Baltic States East Asia and the Pacific Eastern and Southern Africa Latin America and the Caribbean Middle East and North Africa North America and Western Europe North America and Western Europe South Asia West and Central Africa

CEE/CIS and Baltic States
Azerbaijan
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Hungary
Kyrgyzstan
Moldova
Poland
Russia

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East Asia and the Pacific
Cambodia
China
Indonesia
Malaysia
Mongolia
Philippines

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Eastern and Southern Africa
Angola
Botswana
Burundi
Comoros
Djibouti
Kenya
Malawi
Mozambique
South Africa
Zimbabwe

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Latin America and the Caribbean
Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Jamaica
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Venezuela

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Middle East and North Africa
Iran
Jordan
Morocco
Turkey

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North America, Western Europe
Italy
Luxembourg

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South Asia
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Nepal

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West and Central Africa
Burkina Faso
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ghana
Guinea-Bissau
Liberia
Mauritania
Nigeria

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Nane Annan, lawyer, painter, and wife of the UN Secretary General

Nane Annan, lawyer, painter, and wife of the UN Secretary General
"I hope the International Year of Microcredit will give even more women access to microfinance services, enabling them to fulfill their hopes and dreams for themselves and their families."
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