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Microfinance and Women’s Empowerment in Bangladesh

Unpacking the Untold Narratives

Authors: Nawaz, Faraha

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  • Explores the strategies, approaches, strengths and pitfalls of microfinance programs offered by both national and local NGOs
  • Offers innovative and useful strategies that will help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of NGO operations 
  • Champions women taking control over their own lives, setting their own agendas, gaining skills, solving problems and developing self-reliance
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This book examines the effects of policies and practices of microfinance NGOs in empowering rural women in Bangladesh. Nawaz seeks to unpack the untold narratives of women's empowerment and to fill the current knowledge gap in this area. The book goes beyond the narrow minimalist evaluation of microfinance that only focuses on women’s economic empowerment through their ability to access financial resources.  Rather, it looks at whether and how microfinance empowers women in a holistic manner across the socio-cultural, psychological and political spheres of life. The author argues that microfinance reduces levels of poverty, which means that women are better able to meet their practical gender needs; however, they are not empowered unless they are also able to meet their strategic gender needs, including the transformation of gender power relations from the household to state arenas. Therefore, the book argues that in order to bring about higher levels of empowerment, microfinance programs must be combined with other services such as financial literacy, socioeconomic training, education, healthcare, social mobilization and legal support.

Microfinance and Women’s Empowerment in Bangladesh will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including Gender Studies, Development Studies, and Politics.


About the authors

Faraha Nawaz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-13539-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-13538-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Microfinance and Women’s Empowerment in Bangladesh
Book Subtitle
Unpacking the Untold Narratives
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-13539-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-13539-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-13538-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 127
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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