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April 2002

A Guide to gender-sensitive microfinance

Socio-economic and Gender Analysis (SEAGA) Programme

by Ruxandra Boros
Una Murray
and Ilaria Sisto

This paper was prepared for the International Conference on "Women's empowerment or feminisation of debt? Towards a new agenda in African microfinance" held in London, 21-22 March 2002. The paper is based on the "SEAGA Guide to Gender Sensitive Micro-Finance" by Una Murray and Ruxandra Boros, FAO Gender and Population Division, 2001.

This paper outlines some of the lessons learned in microfinance when applying either a "women only" or a gender approach and the specific issues women face with respect to financial services. It also presents the Socio-economic and Gender Analysis (SEAGA) Programme's "Guide to Gender-sensitive Microfinance" and addresses ways in which participatory socio-economic and gender analysis can be conducted with different types of analysis (e. g. stakeholder, development, and resources and constraints analyses).

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