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
Date Written: April 6, 2018
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).
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