Engendered Capacity Building

A Need for Sustainable Microfinance Initiatives

Anurekha Chari-Wagh University of Pune

The paper raises three critical questions: First, what is capacity building? Second, what is the need for engendering capacity building? And third, why capacity building in microfinance programmes? To answer the first question, one needs to go beyond a narrow definition of capacity building as ‘training’ (as it is interpreted and implemented by majority of development institutions), to perceive it as not only the creation of an enabling environment with appropriate policy and legal frameworks but also institutional development, including community participation, of women in particular. 

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