Women’s empowerment and microfinance: key challenges, lessons and a way forward

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Period8 Nov 2017

Media contributions

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Media contributions

  • TitleWomen’s empowerment and microfinance: key challenges, lessons and a way forward
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletDevelopment Policy Blog
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Date8/11/17
    DescriptionThe past three decades have witnessed phenomenal growth in access to microfinance services (small-scale credit, savings, insurance, and pensions). The 2012 State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report documented that by the end of 2010, some 3,652 microfinance institutions reached about 205 million people in poor segments of society in developing countries. Of these, 137 million people were among the poorest (living on less than US$ 1.25/day) when they took their first loan. Of the very poorest (113,138,652) an overwhelming 82% were women. While this accounting of formal economic indicators is important, poor people draw upon a much wider ‘financial landscape’ of sources for their survival.
    URLdevpolicy.org/womens-empowerment-and-microfinance-20171108
    PersonsSara Niner, Saba Mebrahtu Habte

Keywords

  • Microfinance
  • Neoliberalism
  • International aid and development
  • Critical development studies
  • Gender