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Microfinance, poverty relief, and political justice

Ronzoni, Miriam and Valentini, Laura (2015) Microfinance, poverty relief, and political justice. In: Sorell, Tom and Cabrera, Luis, (eds.) Microfinance, Rights and Global Justice. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK., pp. 84-104. ISBN 9781107110977

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Abstract

Microfinance - the practice of providing small loans to promote entrepreneurial activity among those with few financial assets - is increasingly seen as a sustainable means of aiding the global poor. Perhaps its most influential advocate, Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, has claimed that there is a human right to microfinance, given its potential for poverty alleviation. This book directs critical philosophical attention at this very widely used and praised poverty-reducing measure. In chapters that discuss microfinance schemes and models around the world, internationally renowned contributors address important questions about both the positive impact of microfinance and cases of exploitation and repayment pressure. Exploring how far microfinance can or should be situated within broader concerns about justice, this volume sheds light on ethical issues that have so far received little systematic attention, and it advances discussion on new human rights, exploitation, and global justice.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://www.cambridge.org/
Additional Information: © 2015 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Government
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2015 09:28
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 06:18
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/63737

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