Literature Review: The Sustainability Debate

  • Nadiya Marakkath
Part of the India Studies in Business and Economics book series (ISBE)


In this chapter the author portrays the research problem addressed in this book, against the larger canvas of microfinance literature. The existing debates in literature, pertaining to the challenges and issues associated with the sustainability of microfinance institutions (MFIs), are surveyed in detail in this chapter. Based on the inferences drawn from this review, the author identifies the relevant research gaps in microfinance literature. The research objectives formulated to address these gaps are revisited in this chapter, in the light of its associated literature. Thus by undertaking this review process, the author explains ‘what we know’ and ‘what we probably are yet to know’ about the sustainability of Indian MFIs. This enables the author to discuss the relevance of the phenomenon under study and the rationale for conducting this research. The author concludes this chapter by enumerating the value additions that this research is expected to bring to Indian microfinance literature.


Interest Rate Poverty Alleviation Sustainability Assessment Financial Sustainability Microfinance Institution 
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  • Nadiya Marakkath
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  1. 1.School of Management & Labour StudiesTata Institute of Social Sciences Centre for Social EntrepreneurshipMumbaiIndia

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