The Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS) at the University of Wollongong in Australia regularly runs a seminar program to disseminate current research on the Asia Pacific region.
Our next seminar will be held on the 5th of April 2006 from 12.30-2pm at the University of Wollongong, Building 19, Room 1003 and all are welcome to attend. Our speaker will be Professor Donna Kerner on 'Micro-finance, Micro-enterprise and the Cultural Logistics of Poverty Alleviation in the Pacific'. The following is an abstract of the paper:
Almost three decades following the first experiment of micro-credit lending by the Grameen Bank to poor women in Bangladesh, the twin pillars of micro-enterprise and micro-credit have become enshrined as a general panacea for poverty alleviation world-wide and linked to the UNís Millennium Development Goals of reducing hunger, eliminating HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, empowering women and improving their health, educating children, and lowering infant mortality. This working paper draws on recent analyses of problems with adapting the Grameen model cross-culturally and explores some of the implications of this development strategy in the context of globalisation processes in the Pacific.
Donna Kerner is Professor of Anthropology at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. In 2005-06 she is serving as Resident Director of Wheatonís Study Abroad Programs in Australia/New Zealand and is a Senior Visiting Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, Media and Communication at UOW. She has conducted research on gender and micro-enterprise development in Tanzania and in Fiji during the 1990s. Her other research interests include: education and social class, food security and famine prevention, and memory and material culture.
Dr Christine de Matos
Research Fellow, CAPSTRANS
University of Wollongong
NSW 2522 Australia
ph 61 2 4221 3627
fax 61 2 4228 6313
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