Microfinance relies on a normative set of claims around gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. As such, it would seem to be an ideal place to study gender norms in action. A case study from Uganda looks at the offices of the country’s largest microfinance NGO, BRAC and the lives of microfinance beneficiaries in the field. In both situations discussions of gender were largely absent. The chapter explores the reasons for this absence showing the ways in which gender concerns lost out to other agendas. In the office there was a language of efficiency, scale and growth. In the field there was a concern with fraud and inequality. What links both situations were a set of questions about the legitimacy of microfinance as an approach to development.
|Title of host publication||Rethinking Gender Equality in Global Governance|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Delusion of Norm Diffusion|
|Editors||Lars Engberg-Pedersen, Adam Fejerskov, Signe Marie Cold-Ravnkilde|
|Publication status||Published - 27 Apr 2019|