Politics, Poverty, and Microfinance: How Governments Get in the Way of Helping the Poor

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Politics, Poverty, and Microfinance: How Governments Get in the Way of Helping the Poor

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This book analyzes the affect that government institutions have on whether or not microfinance contributes to poverty alleviation in the context of Latin America. It concludes that political and economic stability, as well as and law order, have a statistically significant impact on microfinance effectiveness. The conditions that promote poverty alleviation are not entirely the same as those upon which major microfinance investors base their funding decisions. The result is that much microfinance funding is going to the wrong places. This means that not only is microfinance not helping the poor, but under the wrong conditions it actually exacerbates poverty. The author arrives at these conclusions through a mixed methods approach, using both statistical analysis and case studies. -- Provided by publisher

Keywords

Microfinance -- Political aspects.; Poor -- Government policy -- Developing countries; Poverty -- Government policy -- Developing countries;

Document Type

Book

ISBN

9781498517522

Publication Date

2015

Publisher

Lexington Books

City

Lanham, MD

Department

Department of Political Science

Object Description

xvi, 161 pages ; 24 cm

Language

EN

Politics, Poverty, and Microfinance: How Governments Get in the Way of Helping the Poor

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