Challenging the links between microfinance and domestic violence: evidence from rural India

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The impact of microfinance on domestic violence has been widely
discussed, but there is still no consensus due to the fact that context
and programme implementation mechanisms have a large effect on
outcomes. An innovative grassroots microfinance organisation in India,
Rojiroti, has a number of unique features which make a positive impact
on domestic violence more likely. Using a quasi-experimental design
with panel data and matched control sites, this article reports on a study
that found a significant reduction in levels of domestic violence among
women members of Rojiroti, alongside a significant increase in asset
ownership and knowledge of household finances


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-356
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2019


  • Gender, Civil Society, Microfinance, Livelihoods