Online debate blog: IFIs: Crowding Out or Crowding In?

March 28 – 30, 2007 The Microfinance Gateway
Recent claims that IFIs (international financial institutions) are crowding out private investment in microfinance have prompted heated discussion on the role of IFIs in microfinance investment. For their part, many IFIs argue that they continue to have an important and complementary role to private finance. Watch the debate unfold as experts from varying perspectives take on this hot topic which is sure to be a lively discussion. Over the following days, we will hear from a panel of experts with various viewpoints, from private equity funds to IFIs to donors and others. While the panelists debate, you can also participate by submitting questions for the panel and taking the poll. On Microfinance Gateway at