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Conflicts over credit: re-evaluating the empowerment potential of loans to women in rural Bangladesh

Kabeer, Naila ORCID: 0000-0001-7769-9540 (2001) Conflicts over credit: re-evaluating the empowerment potential of loans to women in rural Bangladesh. World Development, 29 (1). pp. 63-84. ISSN 0305-750X

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Identification Number: 10.1016/S0305-750X(00)00081-4

Abstract

This paper explores the reasons why recent evaluations of the empowerment potential of credit programs for rural women in Bangladesh have arrived at very conflicting conclusions. Although these evaluations use somewhat different methodologies and have been carried out at different points of time, the paper argues that the primary source of the conflict lies in the very different understandings of intrahousehold power relations which these studies draw on. It supports this argument through a comparative analysis with the findings of a participatory evaluation of a rather different credit program in Bangladesh in which the impact of loans was evaluated by women loanees themselves.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03057...
Additional Information: © 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Departments > Gender Institute
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2013 08:54
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 00:57
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/53112

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