Microfinance: Not all it’s cracked up to be… Or is it?
A Bangladesh case study on the positive and negative cultural effects of microfinance.
The next Silicon Valley Microfinance Network (SVMN) meeting will take place on Thursday, October 28, 2010 and will feature Ananya Roy, Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, Education Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies and author of Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development (Routledge 2010).
While some tout microfinance as “the vaccine for the pandemic of poverty,” others criticize the extent of its effectiveness. In Bangladesh, microfinance has been connected to improvements in income, secondary school enrollment, food security and infant and maternal mortality rates. Yet many question whether it actually empowers women, arguing that the change in gender norms has been repressive to Bangladeshi women.
So which is it?
Join us as Ananya Roy draws upon several years of research to take a closer look at Bangladesh. She will explore the nature of microfinance and its unique combination of financial services, social protection programs, development infrastructure, and political mobilization. Moving beyond the usual debate of commercial versus subsidized microfinance, Roy will probe deeper into the true effects of microfinance on human development.
To register, please click on the SVMN registration link here (Order now – seating is limited!):
When: Thursday, October 28, 2010
6:30pm – 7:00pm – Drinks, appetizers, networking
7:00pm – 7:45pm – Intros & Speaker presentation
7:45pm – 8:00pm – Q & A
8:00pm – 8:30pm – Networking
Where: SoMa Hub
901 Mission St, Suite 105
San Francisco, CA 94103
in advance: $20 regular attendee | $10 students & non-profits (w/ ID)
at the door: $30 regular attendee | $20 students & non-profits (w/ ID)
(includes appetizers + drinks)
Ananya Roy is Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also serves as Education Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. Roy’s course on Global Poverty has become one of Cal’s largest courses and she chairs a new undergraduate program in Global Poverty & Practice. At Berkeley, Roy is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award and Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching, the highest teaching honors bestowed by the campus and its students. Roy conducts research on poverty and development in South Asia, the Middle East, and North America. Her most recent book is titled Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development (Routledge 2010).