Anganwadi Centers: An Exploratory Study Suggesting Linkages between Educational Services and Microfinance

By Ricardo Lozano.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Through this study, the potential of providing microfinance services through the already existing, government sponsored, educational centers targeting low-income populations in southern India is explored. During the summer of 2007, 31 Anganwadi centers were observed and workers were interviewed at these centers. Government officials were also interviewed at both, Integrated Child Development Services, and the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women. Based on Dunford and Rueda’s models for the delivery of microfinance and education services combined, this study suggests a bound/linked model in which two independent entities work together for the provision of these services. The study suggests practical ways for the implementation of the model.

Keywords: Education and Microfinance, Education and Development, Economic Development, Anganwadi, Balwadi, Chennai, India

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.11-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 722.843KB).

Ricardo Lozano

PhD Candidate, The College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA

Ricardo V. Lozano is a PhD Candidate in Education and International Economic Development at Texas A&M University. His research focuses mainly on returns to investments in education at the international level. He is interested in the management, development and implementation of education and economic development projects in less developed countries.


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