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Howard University (2008)

Bottoms up : An African experience in Microfinance and Gender in Mali

Byll-Cataria, Atia.

Titre : Bottoms up : An African experience in Microfinance and Gender in Mali

Auteur : Byll-Cataria, Atia.

Université de soutenance  : Howard University

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2008

Résumé partiel
With emerging interests in human’s ability to be agents of change, the institution of Microfinance presents itself as a medium by which people can transforms their lives. This research explored three main issues within African development, Gender, Microfinance and Social Change. The role of gender is examined as a key indicator of who readily obtains access to resources. Microfinance is explored for its role in providing basic financial services to micro entrepreneurs and as an effective poverty reduction tool. Through interviews conducted, the study presents the social change that occurs, when there is an open and willing environment enabling development driven by Microfinance. The relationship between gender and microfinance and their importance to Africa’s socio-economic development are the foundations of this study.

Through a qualitative approach the research presents the dualist relationship that exists between gender equity and microfinance. This relationship is dually invisible and visible as the terms are independent constituents that have similar end results to empower people. Conventionally, the term microfinance invokes the image of women. Gender equity is invisible, in a sense ; development practitioners use the term as a synonym for women. Consequently, gender relations as they exist enable one (male) and disable the other (female) from equally engaging and participating in development activities. Although, microfinance activities have long been the cornerstone of Africa’s economic development, it is currently visible, as it is seen as a strategic method to enhance the socio-economic development of Africa. Since it operates outside the formal financial system, it remains invisible, as it lacks formal recognition for its economic contributions to African societies.

Présentation (ProQuest)

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