Journal of Global Citizenship & Equity Education, Vol 1, No 1 (2011)

Citizenship Learning, Participatory Democracy and Micro-Financing: The Case of Grameen Bank’s Peer-Lending System in Bangladesh.

Kazi Abdur Rouf


This paper is about how Grameen Bank (GB) women borrowers engage in participatory democracy through attendance and discussion at their weekly centre meetings, proposing and approving loans, forming groups, selecting group chairs, and centre chiefs of Grameen Bank. Its collateral free group based micro-financing constitutes a fundamental process of democracy and is a vital source of citizenship and democratic education. These processes and skills facilitate power-sharing and improve one’s sense of political efficacy, democratic engagement and increase an individual’s sense of commonality. Moreover, the Grameen Bank Sixteen Decisions’ campaigns provide citizenship learning to rural marginalized people. GB these activities generate women’s leadership development opportunities in the community.


Transformative learning

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