PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF MICRO FINANCING IN BANGLADESH: A COMPARATIVE STUDY BETWEEN ISLAMI BANK BANGLADESH LIMITED AND GRAMEEN BANK
The study attempts to analyze the problems and prospects of micro financing in Bangladesh especially in
Islami Bank Bangladesh (IBBL) and Grameen Bank (GB). Since the inception of micro financing organization
like Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in the mid-1970s, a number of countries have copied this model. Different
conventional and Islamic banks also use this model. The apparent popularity of this model among developing
countries is established in poverty alleviation. The paper shows that micro financing in Bangladesh faces
enormous problems in infrastructural inadequacies, social misconception, poor legal and regulatory framework,
unbridled competition from other financial institutions, and lack of qualified manpower. The researcher found
some problems in both the banks commonly like: insufficient amount of credit, illiteracy, social custom barrier,
severe poverty, migration of the clients to other countries and identifying the skilled & reliable customer. Despite
this embarrassment of problems, the study identified several areas where opportunities exist for micro finance.
This paper therefore concludes that the future of microfinance in Bangladesh is bright if the government and
the policy makers consider the recommendations provided by the researcher.
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