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Microfinance in rural Ghana : a view from below

Yeboah, Eric Henry (2010)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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The thesis investigates, from a contextual and user perspective, the implementation processes of microfinance interventions and the effect of the implementation processes on households and businesses. The thesis’ central argument is that microfinance discourse has neglected the perspective of microfinance users and this can negatively affect microfinance interventions as development tools. The study examines two microfinance interventions, Nsoatreman Women Empowerment Programme and Sinapi Aba Trust, in Nsoatre, a rural community in Ghana. Data for the study is from secondary sources, 26 interviews and 100 questionnaires. The study was guided by the philosophical ideas underlying the Sustainable Livelihood Approach and the Interpretive Approach. Using qualitative, cross-tabulations and ordinal logistic regression, the analysis found that the microfinance institutions studied essentially employ top-down approaches and that the perception of microfinance as non-paternalistic is not supported by this study. The mode of group formation has significant ramifications on subsequent group activities and peer monitoring played a limited role in mitigating moral hazard. Service users exhibited noticeable lack of knowledge on intervention activities. Microfinance interventions contribute to household consumption more than it does to household asset accumulation. Poorer service users reported more household and business benefits. The findings suggest a reappraisal of the design of microfinance interventions, especially in rural areas.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Hubbard, Michael
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:School of Government and Society
Subjects:HC Economic History and Conditions
HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
JA Political science (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1189
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