Assessing the impact of microfinance programming on children: An evaluation from post-tsunami Aceh

Lindsay Stark, Nafessa Kassim, Thalia Sparling, Dale Buscher, Gary Yu, Neil Boothby

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This paper presents an evaluation of the long-term impact of microfinance programmes on Acehnese children during the post-tsunami recovery. The study, conducted from June to August 2010, examined the impact of microfinance programming six years after the tsunami. The sample consisted of 185 microfinance participants, with a comparison group of 192 individuals who did not participate in microfinance programmes. All respondents were parents, interviewed through a structured survey. The study used four child protection indicators-diet, health, childcare and education-in contrast to traditional repayment rate indicators. The primary results were insignificant with respect to all four child protection indicators, suggesting that, with respect to these indicators, there was no long-term difference between the impact of microfinance on beneficiaries' children and non-beneficiaries' children. These findings signify a need for microfinance actors to move beyond traditional indicators of economic success to evaluate the social changes microfinance programmes are presumed to effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-315
Number of pages21
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • Child protection
  • Indicators
  • Microfinance
  • Tsunami

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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