The Politics of Micro Credit Facilities as Pro Poor Intervention in Solving Gender Inequality in Ghana. The Case of Lankwatanang Madina District

15 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2018 Last revised: 7 May 2018

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Mark Amankwa

University of Ghana

Justice Nyigmah Bawole

Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management, Business School, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

James Kwame Mensah

University of Ghana

Date Written: April 6, 2018

Abstract

Despite the extant literature and public policies on gender inequality, efforts towards women empowerment and poverty reduction in the sub-Saharan African region does not seem encouraging. This paper takes a volte-face on pro-poor public policies by making a case for micro credit facilities as a tool for sustainable gender empowerment and poverty reduction using the political settlement and collaborative governance theories. The study is based on primary data collected through in-depth-interviews from a multi-stakeholder groups. The study revealed that micro credit facilities empower women in the challenging roles they taken up in their families, communities and the nation. Women accessibility to credit facilities have immensely contributed to national income. However, geographical challenges inhibit full implementation of this policy. Hence, we urge policy makers and implementers decentralize or divide the country into 3 belts: northern, middle and coastal to facilitate the effective administration of credit facilities towards women empowerment (SDG 5) and poverty reduction (SDG 1).

Suggested Citation

Amankwa, Mark and Bawole, Justice Nyigmah and Mensah, James Kwame, The Politics of Micro Credit Facilities as Pro Poor Intervention in Solving Gender Inequality in Ghana. The Case of Lankwatanang Madina District (April 6, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3157541 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3157541

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Justice Nyigmah Bawole

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Legon, Accra LG
Ghana

James Kwame Mensah

University of Ghana ( email )

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Legon, Accra LG
Ghana
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