New Zealand Women & Microfinance
This review, commissioned by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, examines whether microfinance is reaching women in New Zealand.
Although New Zealand has a policy framework for the delivery of microfinance to women, there is very little actual provision, in terms of program and institutional infrastructure. Study findings indicate that there is a gap in knowledge about the inferred needs of women. While there are a number of agencies that provide microfinance to women, their necessity, efficiency and effectiveness have not been evaluated.
The review recommends that further work should start with a forum that harnesses the commitment and knowledge of those who are already working in the field. This group could provide advice on the development of a project that should attempt to:
- Gain the views of women who want to go into business and those that are already self-employed;
- Gain the views of stakeholders in the field;
- Link with current research and delivery initiatives being undertaken by government agencies;
- Identify financial needs of different groups of women who are potential users of microfinance.