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Table of Contents

List of Tables List of Figures Acknowledgments Abbreviations Executive Summary 1. Contextual Background 2. Macroeconomic and Demographic Trends in Bangledesh 2.1 Macroeconomic Trends 2.1.1 Inflations 2.2 Demographic Data 2.2.1 Population 2.2.2 Poverty Levels 2.2.3 Occupations 2.2.4 Migration Internal Migration International Migration 3. Legal and Regulatory Framework 3.1 Regulation of NGO-MFIs 3.1.1 Microcredit Act and Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA) 3.1.2 MRA’s Current Licensing Status 3.2 The Banking System 3.3 Grameen Bank 3.4 Postal Savings 3.5 Microinsurance of NGO-MFIs 3.6 Issues in Regulations 3.6.1 Microsavings Interest Rates 3.6.2 Caps on Lending Rates 3.6.3 Prevalence of Dual Regulation 3.6.4 Limitations to Mobilising Savings by NGO-MFIs 3.6.5 Reduction of Lending Rate by Commercial Banks 3.7 Impact of Regulation 4. (Micro) Deposit Service Providers, Products, Methodologies 4.1 Performance of MF-NGOs in Deposit Mobilisation 4.2 Performance of Grameen Bank in Deposit Mobilisation 4.3 Performance of Banks in Deposit Mobilisation 4.4 Performance of the Postal Department of Bangladesh in Deposit Mobilisation 4.4.1 Postal Insurance 4.4.2 Electronic Money Orders 4.5 Performance of the Directorate of National Savings in Deposit Mobilisation 4.6 Performance of Co-operatives Societies in Deposit Mobilisation 4.7 Performance of Insurance Companies in Deposit Mobilisation 4.8 Performance of Informal Service Providers 5. Savings Practices in Bangladesh 5.1 Reasons Why People Save 5.2 Preference of Service Provider to Meet Savings Need 6. Conclusion

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