nep-mfd New Economics Papers
on Microfinance
Issue of 2010‒11‒13
two papers chosen by
Olivier Dagnelie
Instituto de Analisis Economico, CSIC

  1. Microfinance and Poverty A Macro Perspective By Katsushi Imai; Raghav Gaiha; Ganesh Thapa; Samuel Kobina Annim
  2. Discussion Sessions Coupled with Microfinancing May Enhance the Roles of Women in Household Decision-Making in Burundi By Giulia Ferrari; Radha Iyengar

  1. By: Katsushi Imai; Raghav Gaiha; Ganesh Thapa; Samuel Kobina Annim
    Date: 2010
  2. By: Giulia Ferrari; Radha Iyengar
    Abstract: The empowerment of women within households remains a major issue around the worldincluding in Africa. We have conducted a study in Burundi coupling discussion sessions withmicrofinancing to determine if they enhance the role of women in decisions regardinghousehold purchases and the reduction of domestic violence. We compare our findings to thatfrom a published study in South Africa that combined discussion sessions on life skills andhealth on reduction in domestic violence and decisions on economic issues. Both studies usedrandomized controlled experiments. Both studies show a trend towards increases inhousehold authority, with the Burundi study showing statistical significance. In South Africathere was a large, albeit short lived decrease in domestic violence. In Burundi there was smallreduction but trend suggest a longer duration. The effects on overall empowerment are small.These studies suggest that a more sustained use of discussion sessions could be beneficial.Future research could focus on the longer term effects of the use of discussion sessions andinvestigate how the observed impacts can be sustained in magnitude and duration.
    Keywords: domestic violence, microfinance, Burundi
    JEL: J12 J18
    Date: 2010–10

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