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Inequality and Poverty Reduction. An analysis and comparison of World Bank projects implementing Microcredits and Conditional Cash Transfers in Bangladesh.

Mallschützke, Claudia Simone LU (2015) SIMV10 20151
Graduate School
Sociology
Master of Science in Global Studies
Abstract
Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT) and microcredits are popular within the development community as poverty reduction instruments. Amartya Sen has proposed a holistic approach to development, poverty and inequality that does not see an increase in income as the aim of development. For this author, interpersonal inequality matters for the prospects to live a valuable life. Moreover, the concept of habitus explains motivations for the choices of individuals. In this study, two development projects implemented by the World Bank in Bangladesh are examined through a theory-driven evaluation. The assumptions that have been made in project documents are contrasted to a theoretical framework that is mainly derived from Sen’s approach and Bourdieu’s... (More)
Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT) and microcredits are popular within the development community as poverty reduction instruments. Amartya Sen has proposed a holistic approach to development, poverty and inequality that does not see an increase in income as the aim of development. For this author, interpersonal inequality matters for the prospects to live a valuable life. Moreover, the concept of habitus explains motivations for the choices of individuals. In this study, two development projects implemented by the World Bank in Bangladesh are examined through a theory-driven evaluation. The assumptions that have been made in project documents are contrasted to a theoretical framework that is mainly derived from Sen’s approach and Bourdieu’s concept of habitus. Hereby, the purpose is to find out ways of how interpersonal inequality has an influence on the mechanisms of the projects. Moreover, the question is raised if one of the two examined project promotes a more favourable mechanism as regards interpersonal inequality. The main finding of this study is that the mechanism of the CCT project is less influenced by this aspect, especially in the context of Bangladesh which is characterized by a high inequality in many dimensions. (Less)
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Mallschützke, Claudia Simone LU
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SIMV10 20151
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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inequality, conditional cash transfers, microcredit, Bangladesh, World Bank
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English
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7794026
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  abstract     = {Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT) and microcredits are popular within the development community as poverty reduction instruments. Amartya Sen has proposed a holistic approach to development, poverty and inequality that does not see an increase in income as the aim of development. For this author, interpersonal inequality matters for the prospects to live a valuable life. Moreover, the concept of habitus explains motivations for the choices of individuals. In this study, two development projects implemented by the World Bank in Bangladesh are examined through a theory-driven evaluation. The assumptions that have been made in project documents are contrasted to a theoretical framework that is mainly derived from Sen’s approach and Bourdieu’s concept of habitus. Hereby, the purpose is to find out ways of how interpersonal inequality has an influence on the mechanisms of the projects. Moreover, the question is raised if one of the two examined project promotes a more favourable mechanism as regards interpersonal inequality. The main finding of this study is that the mechanism of the CCT project is less influenced by this aspect, especially in the context of Bangladesh which is characterized by a high inequality in many dimensions.},
  author       = {Mallschützke, Claudia Simone},
  keyword      = {inequality,conditional cash transfers,microcredit,Bangladesh,World Bank},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Inequality and Poverty Reduction. An analysis and comparison of World Bank projects implementing Microcredits and Conditional Cash Transfers in Bangladesh.},
  year         = {2015},
}