Women’s empowerment through microenterprise credit: The case of Grameen Bank of Bangladesh

Allan Würtz Laursen

Student thesis: Master thesis


The Grameen Bank microenterprise model is adopted worldwide. Therefore, examinations of its ability to reach its stated goals of poverty alleviation and empowerment are highly relevant. This thesis addresses the challenging issue of whether Grameen Bank credit programmes empower its female programme participants. The purpose of the thesis is twofold: 1) to evaluate Grameen Bank credit as a strategy for empowering and improving the socioeconomic status of women in Bangladesh, and 2) to identify lessons from the Grameen Bank experience that can inspire and inform development policy based on the Grameen Bank model more generally. That is, to make recommendations in relation to the implementation of Grameen type credit programmes.

EducationsMSc in Business, Language and Culture, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2009
Number of pages412