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dc.contributor.authorDeubel, Tara F.
dc.contributor.authorBoyer, Micah
dc.coverage.spatialMalien
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-17T12:22:53Z
dc.date.available2020-04-17T12:22:53Z
dc.date.issued2020-04-17
dc.identifier.citationDeubel, T.F. and Boyer, M. (2020) Women’s Economic Empowerment and Political Accountability in Mali, IDS Working Paper 537, Brighton: IDSen
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-78118-628-2
dc.identifier.issn2040-0209
dc.identifier.urihttps://opendocs.ids.ac.uk/opendocs/handle/20.500.12413/15232
dc.description.abstractThis working paper focuses on the relationship between women’s economic empowerment and forms of political engagement and accountability. It draws from the findings of a larger report, commissioned by Oxfam America, to study the potential impacts of their Saving for Change (SfC) microfinance programme for rural Malian women. The background research was conducted in August 2017 in four locations with a long-standing SfC presence, that had been identified as having exceptionally positive experiences in either providing economic opportunities for women or in developing new forms of political consciousness. Through qualitative and ethnographic methods focused primarily at the household level, the research provides insights into perceptions of the impacts of women’s economic growth and empowerment. The research shows some indications that SfC membership establishes the necessary conditions for women’s as-yet-unrealised future political accountability. SfC membership allows women to achieve collectively what would be either economically or socially unfeasible as individuals. Most importantly, this has resulted in women’s collective land ownership, in defiance of established gender norms. Over time, SfC creates precisely the sort of platform that might enable women’s groups toward political activism and advocacy: autonomous cells that have established mechanisms for effective information dissemination, recognised social capital within rural communities, and practice in collective problem-solving, self-organisation, and adaptability.en
dc.description.sponsorshipUK Department for International Developmenten
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIDSen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIDS Working Paper;537
dc.rightsThis is an Open Access paper distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC BY), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original authors and source are credited and any modifications or adaptations are indicated.en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subjectGenderen
dc.subjectPolitics and Poweren
dc.subjectSecurity and Conflicten
dc.titleWomen’s Economic Empowerment and Political Accountability in Malien
dc.typeIDS Working Paperen
dc.rights.holderIDSen
dc.identifier.teamPower and Popular Politicsen
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rioxxterms.identifier.projectDefault projecten
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rioxxterms.funder.projectd218e59e-c0fb-4cb3-8a07-92a57da72cd1en


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This is an Open Access paper distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC BY), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original authors and source are credited and any modifications or adaptations are indicated.
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