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Is women empowerment a zero sum game? Unintended consequences of microfinance for women's empowerment in Ghana

Is women empowerment a zero sum game? Unintended consequences of microfinance for women's empowerment in Ghana
Is women empowerment a zero sum game? Unintended consequences of microfinance for women's empowerment in Ghana
Purpose
Against the background of growing concerns that development interventions can sometimes be a zero sum game, the purpose of this paper is to examine the unintended consequences of microfinance for women empowerment in Ghana.

Design/methodology/approach
The study employs a participatory mixed-method approach including household questionnaire surveys, focus group discussions and key informant interviews to investigate the dynamics of microfinance effects on women in communities of different vulnerability status in Ghana.

Findings
The results of hierarchical regression, triadic closure and thematic analyses demonstrate that the economic benefits of microfinance for women is also directly associated with conflicts amongst spouses, girl child labour, polygyny and the neglect of perceived female domestic responsibilities due to women’s devotion to their enterprises.

Originality/value
In the light of limited empirical evidence on potentially negative impacts of women empowerment interventions in Africa, this paper fills a critical gap in knowledge that will enable NGOs, policy makers and other stakeholders to design and implement more effective interventions that mitigate undesirable consequences.
Microfinance, Ghana, Unintended consequences, Women empowerment
1355-2554
273-289
Salia, Samuel
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Hussain, Javed
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Tingbani, Ishmael
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Kolade, Oluwaseun
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Salia, Samuel
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Hussain, Javed
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Tingbani, Ishmael
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Kolade, Oluwaseun
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Salia, Samuel, Hussain, Javed, Tingbani, Ishmael and Kolade, Oluwaseun (2018) Is women empowerment a zero sum game? Unintended consequences of microfinance for women's empowerment in Ghana. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 24 (1), 273-289. (doi:10.1108/IJEBR-04-2017-0114).

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Abstract

Purpose
Against the background of growing concerns that development interventions can sometimes be a zero sum game, the purpose of this paper is to examine the unintended consequences of microfinance for women empowerment in Ghana.

Design/methodology/approach
The study employs a participatory mixed-method approach including household questionnaire surveys, focus group discussions and key informant interviews to investigate the dynamics of microfinance effects on women in communities of different vulnerability status in Ghana.

Findings
The results of hierarchical regression, triadic closure and thematic analyses demonstrate that the economic benefits of microfinance for women is also directly associated with conflicts amongst spouses, girl child labour, polygyny and the neglect of perceived female domestic responsibilities due to women’s devotion to their enterprises.

Originality/value
In the light of limited empirical evidence on potentially negative impacts of women empowerment interventions in Africa, this paper fills a critical gap in knowledge that will enable NGOs, policy makers and other stakeholders to design and implement more effective interventions that mitigate undesirable consequences.

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Accepted/In Press date: 23 August 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 8 January 2018
Published date: 2018
Keywords: Microfinance, Ghana, Unintended consequences, Women empowerment

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Local EPrints ID: 443848
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/443848
ISSN: 1355-2554
PURE UUID: 6b3273ff-f6b5-482a-987c-9a38b2da1318
ORCID for Ishmael Tingbani: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4012-1224

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Date deposited: 14 Sep 2020 16:37
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 02:28

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Author: Samuel Salia
Author: Javed Hussain
Author: Oluwaseun Kolade

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