End poverty by 2015. This is the historic promise 189 world leaders made at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 when they signed onto the Millennium Declaration and agreed to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are an eight-point road map with measurable targets and clear deadlines for improving the lives of the world's poorest people. World leaders have agreed to achieve the MDGs by 2015.
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Poor women in developing countries often turn to self-employment as a way to support themselves and their families, but these small-scale activities rarely yield enough income to lift them out of poverty. Recently NGOs and donor agencies have sought to assist these women by providing credit, which is otherwise largely unavailable to them. The broad aims of these programs vary, as do the strategies, which range from simply offering credit (a “minimalist” approach) to providing training and technical assistance as part of the credit package (a “credit plus” approach). The channels used (bank schemes, intermediary programs, parallel programs, or poverty-focused development banks) also vary. So far, the last three channels have been more effective than the first in improving women's access to credit. However, not enough is known about which strategies have the greatest economic impact for particular groups of women, and further evaluation is needed.
Investing in Women's Work
Author: Irene Tinker
|Abstract | |Katherine Pennington's painting You're My Tenth Customer depicts a woman...
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