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Systematic review co-authored by Dr Maren Duvendack is published

DEV's Maren Duvendack co-authored a systematic review that has just been published as a Campbell Systematic Review

The effect of microcredit on women’s control over household spending in developing countries: a systematic review

Over the past three decades, microfinance activities have spread across the globe, reaching tens of millions of poor households with tailored financial services. Despite the diversity in microcredit schemes, many share two characteristics -- they target poor women and often rely on some type of group-based lending.  The authors conducted statistical meta-analysis and realist synthesis to examine the effects of microcredit on women's control over household spending, an important aspect of women's empowerment. The authors conclude that there is no consistent evidence on the effect of microcredit on women’s control over household spending. Given the overall lack of evidence for an effect of microcredit on women’s control over household resources the authors argue it is unlikely that, overall, microcredit has a meaningful and substantial impact on empowerment processes in a broader sense.

For more details: http://www.campbellcollaboration.org/lib/project/178/