Microfinance: Assessing the Economic and Cultural Implications of Microfinance on Poverty from Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Research Team Seminar

September 25–27, 2012

Microfinance: Assessing the Economic and Cultural Implications of Microfinance on Poverty from Cross-Cultural PerspectivesMicrofinance: Assessing the Economic and Cultural Implications of Microfinance on Poverty from Cross-Cultural PerspectivesNSF Research Team Seminar Co-chaired by Milford Bateman, Visiting Professor of Economics, University of Juraj Dobrila Pula, Croatia and Freelance Consultant and Lamia Karim, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon, September 25–27, 2012.Microfinance: Assessing the Economic and Cultural Implications of Microfinance on Poverty from Cross-Cultural PerspectivesNSF Research Team Seminar Co-chaired by Milford Bateman, Visiting Professor of Economics, University of Juraj Dobrila Pula, Croatia and Freelance Consultant and Lamia Karim, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon, September 25–27, 2012.

This research team seminar will examine the popular narrative that microfinance has achieved success in many countries. The focus will be to assess the impact of microfinance on the community, rather than just upon a set of poor individuals or women. The seminar will contribute to developing an alternative narrative explaining not just the economies of the microfinance model, but also the ideological and social aspects that shape and sustain it. The notion of the individual entrepreneur itself is a novel concept in many parts of the world where social identity is relational. Thus, the seminar will examine how microfinance and entrepreneurial models create new meanings for people, and how these meanings are understood, transformed, and resisted in different contexts. Microfinance: Assessing the Economic and Cultural Implications of Microfinance on Poverty from Cross-Cultural PerspectivesMicrofinance SeminarMicrofinance SeminarTo further this research, it will be necessary to devise rigorous survey techniques and methodologies that avoid bias in any future evaluation of microfinance, which in turn will provide the basis for new research designs to be implemented by the team.

Milford Bateman, Chair Visiting Professor of Economics, University of Juraj Dobrila Pula, Croatia and Freelance Consultant
Lamia Karim, Chair Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon
Maren Duvendack Research Fellow, Research and Policy in Development, Overseas Development Institute
Carla Freeman Winship Distinguished Research Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Women's Studies, Emory University
Meena Khandelwal Associate Professor, Departments of Anthropology and GWSS, University of Iowa
Kate Maclean Lecturer in Human Geography, Department of Geography, King's College London
Phil Mader Doctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, University of Cologne
Muhammad Anisur Rahman Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Jahangirnagar University
Dean Sinkovic Assistant Professor of Economics and Marketing, Department of Economics and Tourism, University of Juraj Dobrila at Pula, Croatia

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