Governance of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Cameroon: What lessons can we learn?

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Authors: Akanga, F.

Journal: Enterprise Development and Microfinance

Volume: 27

Issue: 3

Pages: 219-235

eISSN: 1755-1986

ISSN: 1755-1978

DOI: 10.3362/1755-1986.2016.012

© 2016 Practical Action Publishing. The aim of this paper is to find out the effects of the COBAC regulations regulating the microfinance industry on the governance of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Cameroon. The paper is based on 35 in-depth interviews carried out from May to June 2011 and June to July 2012 with managers and accountants from MFIs in Cameroon, MFI clients and non-clients, regulatory authorities in the Ministry of Finance, and accounting professionals. The findings show that the regulations have broken down the governance within the MFIs in Cameroon thus turning MFIs into hybrid organizations with managers striving to meet their shareholders' interests.

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