Leverhulme Research Project

'Optimising the Dual Goals of Microfinance – A social network analysis and simulation' aims at improving collaboration among microfinance stakeholders in India, Peru and Tanzania, in order to collectively help reduce poverty sustainably.  Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, the research promises to break through some of the constraints in attaining the microfinance dual goals. The research is being funded by the Leverhulme Trust for the period 2009-2012.

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About The Leverhulme

The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 under the Will of the first Lord Leverhulme. It is one of the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK, distributing funds of some 40 million every year. For further information about the schemes that the Leverhulme Trust funds visit their website at www.leverhulme.ac.uk


Project Team

Dr Ana Marr, Principal Investigator and Project Director, expert in microfinance.

Dr Bruce Cronin, expert in social network analysis

Dr Miltos Petridis, expert in simulation models

Dr Nandini Dasgupta, expert in social analysis.

Dr Paola Tubaro, research fellow to the project.

Cornell Jackson, PhD student specialising in Indian self-help groups.


Executive Briefing Papers


1.       The Case of Peru

2.       The Case of India

3.       The Case of Tanzania


4. Peru 2011

5. India 2011

6. Tanzania 2011


Journal Papers

Marr, Ana and P Tubaro (2011) Crisis in Indian microfinance and a way forward: governance reforms and the Tamil Nadu model. Journal of International Development, 23 (7). pp. 996-1003. ISSN 0954-1748 (print), 1099-1328 (online)

Marr, Ana (2011) Impact of group dynamics on microfinance sustainability: the case of Peru. Journal of Development Effectiveness. ISSN 1943-9342 (Print), 1943-9407 (Online) (In Press)

Marr, Ana and P Tubaro (2011) Wholesale funding to microfinance and social development goals in Peru, Tamil Nadu and Tanzania. Enterprise Development and Microfinance. Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 304-321. ISSN 1755-1978

Marr, Ana and P Tubaro (2012) Global financial partnerships in microfinance: India, Peru and Tanzania. Iberoamerican Journal of Development Studies, 1 (1). pp. 29-57

Marr, Ana and P Tubaro (2011) The microfinance wholesale lending market: a comparative study of India, Peru and Tanzania. International Journal of Economics and Business Research. ISSN 1756-9850 (Print), 1756-9869 (Online) (In Press)