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Titolo:
Tackling the down side: Social capital, women's empowerment and micro-finance in Cameroon
Autore:
Mayoux, L;
Titolo Testata:
DEVELOPMENT AND CHANGE
fascicolo: 3, volume: 32, anno: 2001,
pagine: 435 - 464
SICI:
0012-155X(200106)32:3<435:TTDSSC>2.0.ZU;2-3
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
SMALL-ENTERPRISE-FOUNDATION; SOLIDARITY PAY; SOUTH-AFRICA; CREDIT; PROGRAMS;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
52
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Mayoux, L 61 Cheney Way, Cambridge CB4 1UE, England 61 Cheney Way Cambridge England CB4 1UE ridge CB4 1UE, England
Citazione:
L. Mayoux, "Tackling the down side: Social capital, women's empowerment and micro-finance in Cameroon", DEVELOP CHA, 32(3), 2001, pp. 435-464

Abstract

Micro-finance programmes are currently dominated by the 'financial self-sustainability paradigm' where women's participation in groups is promoted asa key means of increasing financial sustainability while at the same time assumed to automatically empower them. This article examines the experienceof seven micro-finance programmes in Cameroon. The evidence indicates thatmicro-finance programmes which build social capital can indeed make a significant contribution to women's empowerment. However, serious questions need to be asked about what sorts of norms, networks and associations are to be promoted, in whose interests, and how they can best contribute to empowerment, particularly for the poorest women. Where the complexities of power relations and inequality are ignored, reliance on social capital as a mechanism for reducing programme costs may undermine programme aims not only of empowerment but also of financial sustainability and poverty targeting.

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