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William Steel

William Steel

ISSER, University of Ghana

William Steel  is currently Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research of the University of Ghana, teaching microfinance and consulting for the World Bank and IFAD. He retired in 2005 as Senior Adviser in the Africa Region Private Sector Group of the World Bank, where he worked since 1983, specializing in small enterprise development and microfinance. He co-authored the World Bank's 'Framework for the Development of Micro, Small Enterprise and Rural Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa' and 'Rural Financial Services: Implementing the Bank's Strategy to Reach the Rural Poor' as well as studies of microfinance regulation in four African countries.

As Co-Chair of the Donor Committee for Small Enterprise Development (1991-2004), he led the development of Guiding Principles for donor support of microfinance (1995) and business development services to small enterprises (2001). He previously taught economics at Vanderbilt University (1969-79) and the University of Ghana (1972-73), and he has served as an Advisor in the African Development Bank and the Indonesia National Planning Agency. He is a founding member of the Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) Network. He has published widely on small enterprise development, informal finance, microfinance regulation, employment, and industrial adjustment. He has taught in the Boulder MFT since 2001.

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