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Goldberg, Michael J.

Global Practice Strategy and Operations, The World Bank
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Private sector development; microfinance; business development; small enterprise development
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Last updated: January 31, 2023
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Mike Goldberg started his career as a Peace Corps Small Business Volunteer. He also worked for CARE Guatemala, and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor. With the World Bank since 1992, he has worked in East Asia, South Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean, as a microfinance and small business development expert.  Over the past four years, he has also served as a senior operations officer for the Latin America Region and as an operations adviser in the Development Effectiveness Unit of the Africa Vice Presidency. He was also the Regional Learning Coordinator for Africa, offering technical and operational clinics, workshops and face-to-face courses – always with emphasis on practical solutions and participation. He holds a Bachelors degree from Johns Hopkins, a Masters in economic development from The Fletcher School (Tufts) and an MBA/MSF from Drexel University.

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    Building a Dialogue to Promote Microfinance Best Practices in South America
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2008-08) Goldberg, Mike; Palladini, Eric
    This note provides a summary of how the Bank established an eight-part distance learning series for dialogue with South American micro-financing institutions (MFIs). The objectives of the dialogues were to: (1) highlight the Bank's ability to mobilize international technical expertise in microfinance; (2) strengthen MFIs by disseminating new knowledge and technological best practices; (3) promote the sharing of experiences and lessons learned; and (4) promote greater ties among the MFIs in the region. The events became an ongoing forum to provide technical assistance to microfinance networks in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
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    Chile : A Strategy to Promote Innovative Small and Medium Enterprises
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2008-02) Goldberg, Mike; Palladini, Eric
    With its strong export orientation and emphasis on competitiveness, the Chilean economic model has been the envy of its neighbors for more than a decade. However, there are underlying vulnerabilities. Historically, exports have been concentrated in mining and agriculture, sectors dominated by large firms that do not generate a large share of employment. Small and medium enterprises play a key role in employment generation and economic decentralization in Chile, yet their employment was stagnant between 2000 and 2004. Based on work completed in 2003, this study provides a review of the Chilean government's substantial investment in programs that support small and medium enterprises. This review of government programs confirms the importance of coordination and an overarching strategy, in the form of a National Innovation System, led by a single institution. The review also finds that demand-driven programs were more likely to be sustainable. Finally, the study demonstrates that Chile (and other countries with many support programs for small and medium enterprises in place) needs an integrated management information system to analyze, assess, coordinate, and streamline the program portfolio for small and medium enterprises in the future.
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    Managing Risk and Creating Value with Microfinance
    (World Bank, 2010) Goldberg, Mike; Palladini, Eric
    This report brings together the results of an eight-part series of presentations by leading experts in issues directly related to microfinance institutional sustainability. It is intended for microfinance institution (MFI) board members, managers, and staff members as well as for government regulators, supervisors, and donor staff members. The first four chapters include topics in risk management: (1) risk management systems, (2) good governance, (3) interest rates, and (4) micro-insurance. The last four chapters include four topics in new product development and efficient delivery methodologies: (5) housing microfinance, (6) micro-leasing, (7) disaster preparedness products and systems, and (8) new technologies. The objectives of the series were as follows: i) to strengthen MFIs by disseminating innovative approaches in risk management, cost control, governance, and new technologies; ii) to promote a South-South exchange of experiences and lessons learned; iii) to promote greater ties among the MFIs in the region and between MFIs and government supervisors and regulators; and iv) to highlight the Bank's ability to mobilize international technical expertise in microfinance.