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Reaching the underbanked and unbanked in subsistence markets at the nexus of the formal and informal economy

Holt, D. and Littlewood, D. (2014) Reaching the underbanked and unbanked in subsistence markets at the nexus of the formal and informal economy. In: British Academy of Management Conference, 9th-11th September 2014, Belfast.

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Abstract/Summary

It is estimated that globally over 2 billion people do not have a bank account, with many more in the developed and developing worlds ‘under-banked’, meaning they have limited access to financial services. Reaching the unbanked and underbanked with appropriate financial services is widely recognised as critical for future global economic growth and prosperity. Drawing upon multidimensional understandings of poverty, and framed by literature on poverty pools, traps and cycles, this paper explores the use of financial products and services in the developing world and critically reflects on their potential role in poverty alleviation and wider sustainable development. Discussions are illustrated with reference to qualitative empirical research undertaken in East and Southern Africa, and a sense-making of the lived financial experiences of low income individuals, households and communities.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > Marketing and Reputation
ID Code:36921

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