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Microfinance and Its DiscontentsWomen in Debt in Bangladesh$
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Lamia Karim

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670949

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670949.001.0001

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Ngos, Clergy, and Contested “Democracy”

Ngos, Clergy, and Contested “Democracy”

(p.133) Chapter 5 Ngos, Clergy, and Contested “Democracy”
Microfinance and Its Discontents

Lamia Karim

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses a case study featuring the conflict between the Proshika—an NGO—and the Muslim clergy, on matters of women empowerment. The Proshika has demonstrated remarkable expertise in manipulating the behaviors of their female beneficiaries into realizing NGO goals. The women may have been constrained by the dictates of Islam, but they are likewise deprived of true democracy by the Proshika. Ironically, both the Proshika’s “democratic” approach and the religious ideologies of a predominantly Muslim country have only further disenfranchised the women they sought to help.

Keywords:   Proshika, Muslim, democracy, NGO goals, women empowerment, Islam

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