Calls for papers


International Journal of Financial Services Management
International Journal of Financial Services Management


Special Issue on: “Microfinance and Banking Services in Emerging Economies”

Guest Editors:
Professor Victor Murinde, University of Birmingham, UK
Dr Ronny Manos, College of Management, Israel

One important development in the financial sectors of emerging economies is the growth of microfinance institutions and instruments alongside the formal bank and non-bank institutions. There is growing research on the type of financial services provided in each of these seemingly competing financial institutions and markets. There is also heated debate on policy issues (such as regulation) and some unresolved research questions such as the impact of the financial services on financial sector growth, savings, investment and general economic growth. In addition, there is increasing interest on management issues and practices in both microfinance institutions and banks, especially where the two overlap.

This Special Issue of IJFSM is aimed at seeking contributions to these issues and debates.

Subject Coverage
The topics addressed by the papers may include the following:
  • Performance of microfinance institutions
  • Regulation of microfinance services
  • Impact assessment of microfinance services
  • Microfinance services and poverty reduction
  • Costs and margins in microfinance services
  • Efficiency of banking services
  • Bank failure and regulation
  • Financing of small and medium enterprises
  • Banks, microfinance and financial sector growth
The Editors also welcome papers which fall outside the above topics but which are generally relevant to the theme of the Special Issue.

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

The deadline for submission of papers is: 31 December 2006

Authors of accepted papers will be required to submit final copies by: March 31, 2007