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

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620880
Title:
Is women empowerment a zero sum game? Unintended consequences of microfinance for women’s empowerment in Ghana
Authors:
Salia, Samuel; Hussain, Javed; Tingbani, Ishmael; Kolade, Oluwaseun ( 0000-0002-1125-1900 )
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.
Citation:
Samuel Salia, Javed Hussain, Ishmael Tingbani, Oluwaseun Kolade, (2017) "Is women empowerment a zero sum game? Unintended consequences of microfinance for women’s empowerment in Ghana", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-04-2017-0114
Publisher:
Emerald Insight
Journal:
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research
Issue Date:
Nov-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620880
DOI:
10.1108/IJEBR-04-2017-0114
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/IJEBR-04-2017-0114
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1355-2554
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dc.contributor.authorSalia, Samuelen
dc.contributor.authorHussain, Javeden
dc.contributor.authorTingbani, Ishmaelen
dc.contributor.authorKolade, Oluwaseunen
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-21T15:04:23Z-
dc.date.available2017-11-21T15:04:23Z-
dc.date.issued2017-11-
dc.identifier.citationSamuel Salia, Javed Hussain, Ishmael Tingbani, Oluwaseun Kolade, (2017) "Is women empowerment a zero sum game? Unintended consequences of microfinance for women’s empowerment in Ghana", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-04-2017-0114en
dc.identifier.issn1355-2554en
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/IJEBR-04-2017-0114-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620880-
dc.description.abstractPurpose – 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.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmerald Insighten
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/IJEBR-04-2017-0114en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectMicrofinanceen
dc.subjectWomen Empowermenten
dc.subjectUnintended Consequencesen
dc.subjectGhanaen
dc.titleIs women empowerment a zero sum game? Unintended consequences of microfinance for women’s empowerment in Ghanaen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Researchen
dc.date.accepted2017-08-
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