Resources for Research

Data Explorer at the Center for Financial Inclusion
With over 80 indicators on financial access and demography, the Mapping the Invisible Market's Data Explorer allows you to see how changing demographics and economics are affecting access to and use of financial services worldwide.

EnterWeb is an extensive online resource for people looking for information on small and microenterprise, as well as finance, international trade and entrepreneurship and enterprise development.

Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)
Run by the Institute for Latin American Studies at the the University of Texas-Austin, LANIC provides Latin Americanists around the world with Internet-based resources to information on and from Latin America.

Microenterprise Innovation Project
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in conjunction with Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI), Accion, the Ohio State University Rural Finance Program and several other development organizations have completed the Microenterprise Innovation Project, which seeks to carry out innovative research and dissemination of the "best practices" in microenterprise finance. As part of this project, DAI manages a small grants program designed to strengthen institutions engaged in microenterprise development worldwide. The development of a website is part of a strategy for worldwide dissemination of project results.

Microfinance Gateway
The Microfinance Gateway – recently launched by CGAP, a microfinance program housed in the World Bank Group – is a one-stop microfinance information hub. The site includes an extensive library of downloadable research documents, discussion papers, abstracts, reviews and more. The site serves as a forum for microfinance practitioners, NGOs, donors, and others.

Microfinance Information Exchange (The MIX)
Incorporated as a nonprofit in June 2002, the MIX addresses one of the key challenges of the microfinance industry: the lack of reliable, comparable and publicly available information on the financial strength and performance of microfinance institutions.  It offers data sourcing, benchmarking and monitoring tools as well as specialized information services. The MIX is made up of the MIX Market, which provides data on 119 MFIs and 35 investors, and the MicroBanking Bulletin, a semi-annual publication that reports on the financial performance of organizations that provide banking services for the poor. is an Internet-based anti-poverty campaign sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Akamai, IBM and Oracle. Designed to raise public awareness about extreme poverty, the site provides information about organizations working to fight poverty and hunger, forgive foreign debt, clean up the environment and promote human rights.

The Americas Society
The Americas Society is a national nonprofit institution dedicated to informing the people of the United States about the societies and cultures of their Western Hemisphere neighbors. The goal of the Americas Society is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada – and to increase public awareness and appreciation of their rich cultural heritage.

The Virtual Library on Microcredit
The Virtual Library on Microcredit is a library, journal and think tank rolled into one. An extensive database containing tools, success stories, articles and resources about microcredit, it is also a repository for information on alternative financial systems.

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
UNRISD is an autonomous UN agency engaging in multidisciplinary research on the social dimensions of contemporary problems affecting development. Through its research, UNRISD stimulates dialogue and contributes to policy debates on key issues of social development within and outside the United Nations system.

World Bank Group Small and Medium Enterprise Department
The World Bank Group's Small and Medium Enterprise Department combines the market perspective of the International Finance Corporation with the policy expertise of the World Bank to promote local small business growth in developing nations.  These merged capabilities underscore a strategic commitment to improving lives by creating opportunities in small business.