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Does Agency Matter and do Microfinance Self-help Groups Empower Women? A Case Study of a Joint-microfinance and Coffee Cooperative from the Mountains of the Moon in Uganda

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dc.contributor.author Selhausen, Felix Meier
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-04T21:51:20Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-04T21:51:20Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8658
dc.description.abstract "Collective action in the form of microfinance self-help groups (SHGs) has been increasingly hailed for its positive economic impact and its empowerment of women but also for excluding those most in need of collective action. This study examines womens agency from two perspectives suggested by Amartya Sen using a case study 26 self-help groups of a joint microfinance and coffee co-operative from Western Uganda. Firstly, the study attempts to provide a new framework for exploring self-selection by comparing levels of agency of female non-SHG members and members before participation in SHGs. Results indicate that women who join and stay in SHGs are initially wealthier in terms of land than their female cohort from the community whereas autonomy over marriage and human capital formation are not systematically different. Secondly, this paper investigates the impacts of collective action on womens decisionmaking agency in particular whether length of membership matters. The paper finds that length of membership has no effect over spouses joint decision-making and income pooling but reduces wives tolerance of gender-based violence. However, other indicators such as inheritance patters, daughters age at first marriage, occurrence of domestic violence, and freedom of movement are not statistically significant, indicating that empowerment is a process of internal change of power within and behaviors that is neither lineal, nor can be achieved over night." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject agency en_US
dc.subject women en_US
dc.subject microfinance en_US
dc.subject coffee en_US
dc.title Does Agency Matter and do Microfinance Self-help Groups Empower Women? A Case Study of a Joint-microfinance and Coffee Cooperative from the Mountains of the Moon in Uganda en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Uganda en_US
dc.subject.sector Agriculture en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Design and Dynamics of Institutions for Collective Action: A Tribute to Prof. Elinor Ostrom, Second Thematic Conference of the IASC en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates 29 November - 1 December en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands en_US


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