Archive for the ‘Microfinance’ Category

April 15th, 2014
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Erin Beck: “Development or Debt? The Long-term Effects of Microcredit for Guatemalan Women”

April 17, 2014
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Erb Memorial Union, Walnut Room
1222 E. 13th Ave.
UO campus

CLLAS Faculty Grantee Talk, by Erin Beck, Assistant Professor, Political Science

Erin-Beck-Poster_WEBSince its introduction in Latin America in the 1970s, microcredit quickly became a powerful force across the region. Today microcredit accounts for 45 percent of all lending in Latin America, reaching 18 million people, the vast majority of them poor women. And yet, there is surprisingly little systematic information about microcredit’s long-term economic and social effects. Instead, most microfinance institutions (MFIs) look at their repayment rates to evaluate their success and often lack the resources or will to keep track of their beneficiaries after they have left the organization, inhibiting their ability to determine their long-term effects.

December 17th, 2012
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The Hidden Ways Microfinance Hurts Women

The Hidden Ways Microfinance Hurts Women | Brandeis Magazine.

Lamia Karim’s book, Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh, (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) is featured in the Fall 2012/ Winter 2013 issue of Brandeis Magazine. An associate professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon and the former associate director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society, Lamia Karim (’84) came to Brandeis as a Wien Scholar.

January 24th, 2012
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CSWS Associate DIrector Lamia Karim to Co-Chair NSF Seminar on Microfinance

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

Research Team Short Seminar

September 25–27, 2012
School of Advanced Research (SAR)
Santa Fe, N.M.

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

This is an international research team of nine scholars representing six countries–Bangladesh, Bosnia, Bolivia, India , Kenya and Uganda.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

December 14th, 2011
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Sebastian Strangio: Is Microfinance Pushing The World’s Poorest Even Deeper Into Poverty? | The New Republic

Sebastian Strangio: Is Microfinance Pushing The World’s Poorest Even Deeper Into Poverty? | The New Republic.

December 14, 2011—CSWS Associate Director Lamia Karim quoted in The New Republic:

…“Skepticism of microfinance and its benefits, meanwhile, has migrated to the academy as well. Lamia Karim, an anthropologist at the University of Oregon and the author of Microfinance and Its Discontents, has questioned the claim that offering small loans directly to Bangladeshi women has been empowering. On the contrary, she has found women are often pressured to hand over loans to their husbands or male relatives. At the same time, microcredit agencies have created what she terms an “economy of shame,” in which the traditional role of women as bearers of “family honor” is used to leverage repayments—a key yardstick of MFIs’ success. (Grameen, for instance, proudly trumpets a loan recovery rate of close to 97 percent). To avoid the public shame of default, many women take out additional loans from different lenders, and quickly find themselves mired in a quicksand of debt.”…

August 8th, 2011
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UO Today #473: Lamia Karim

UO Today #473: Lamia Karim

Lamia Karim

UO Today week of August 8, 2011:

Lamia Karim, Anthropology and Associate Director of CSWS, discusses her forthcoming book Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh, the first feminist critique of the much-lauded microcredit process in Bangladesh. She describes the adverse effects of the microcredit system. Watch it online.

Eugene schedule:
  • Channel 23-Tuesday 12 p.m.; Wednesday 8 p.m.; Friday 5 p.m.; and Sunday 7 p.m.
  • Channel 29-Tuesday 11:30 p.m. and Wednesday 11:30 a.m
March 7th, 2011
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Lamia Karim Interviewed by Wall Street Journal Reporter for Her Expertise on Microfinance

March 8, 2011: Court Upholds Yunus Sacking from GrameenWall Street Journal (A high court in Bangladesh Tuesday upheld a central bank decision last week that Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus must resign as head of the microfinance bank he founded, intensifying a struggle between Mr. Yunus and the government of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. …”A lot of this has to do with the personal animosity between Sheikh Hasina and Muhammad Yunus,” said Lamia Karim, an associate professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Oregon-Eugene who has written a book on Grameen Bank.) — Noted in the UO Office of Communications daily eclips

Editor’s Note: Lamia Karim, associate director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society, has a new book coming out the end of March.  Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh (University of Minnesota Press) is an in-depth feminist critique of the much-lauded microcredit process in Bangladesh.

March 3rd, 2011
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CSWS Associate Director Lamia Karim Interviewed on NPR

Listen to UO anthropology professor Lamia Karim on NPR’s All Things Considered:
http://www.npr.org/2011/03/02/134208312/nobel-winner-removed-from-bank-he-founded

Lamia Karim, associate professor of the University of Oregon Department of Anthropology and associate director of the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society, was interviewed March 2 on NPR for her expertise on microfinance and the Grameen Bank. The story, titled “Nobel Winner Removed From Bank He Founded,” focuses on the efforts of the Central Bank of Bangladesh to remove Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus from his post as director of the Grameen Bank.

Karim had critical remarks to make about the effects of microfinance lending by the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh: “Women, poor women in particular, are getting deeper and deeper in debt. And this is largely because, similar to the banking industry in the U.S., microfinance for a very long time has been an unregulated industry. So people could go out and extend loans to people without any kind of oversight.”

Karim has a new book coming out this month from the University of Minnesota Press. Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh is an in-depth feminist critique of the much-lauded microcredit process in Bangladesh.