Understanding the challenges of financial inclusion of rural women’s entrepreneurships: The case of rural communities in central Nicaragua

I. About CBMS-Nicaragua

Objectives of the Project

  • Develop and implement an innovative CBMS information system together with local stakeholders to identify the poverty profiles in two micro territories in Rio Blanco municipality in central Nicaragua, as a pilot process for future replication
  • Capacity building, mainly community leaders and organizations, to strengthen interaction spaces between local actors through the generation and transfer of knowledge about the local reality
  • Analyze the heterogeneities of rural families, in terms of their gender, demography, assets, income generating activities and access to services to develop community and household poverty profiles and maps that serve as a basis for evidence-based policy making in Rio Blanco
  • Generate evidences on rural women´s restrictions to have access and use credit and other complementary services from an individual perspective and their insertion in intra-household, community, and municipal dynamics
  • Reflect about the technical, methodological and political characteristics of credit mechanisms and their limitations and opportunities to deal with women´s restrictions to consolidate their microenterprises
  • Prepare a paper on the design of a CBMS in order to generate discussion on monitoring poverty at a local and national level
  • Contribute to Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals at a local level
  • Prepare a research paper and policy brief in order to provide recommendations to design evidencebased more inclusive financial mechanisms for rural women

II. Institutional Partner

Nitlapan is an institute of research and development of the Central American University (UCA) in Nicaragua which has been operating since 1988. The name comes from the Nahuatl language meaning "seedtime". Nitlapan works oriented to develop effective methods to ensure the permanence, reliability and autonomy of rural development programs. Its purpose is to open a dialogue between the university and society about the socioeconomic potential of peasants and farmers to contribute to national development. At the same time, to train a new generation of professionals able to meet the specific demands of the rural society and sustainable development programs and policies. The current Strategic Plan (2012-2016), Nitlapan raises the territorial Beginning from its establishment, the University started working closely with the board and local communities by linking them in planning process particularly in problem solving, research and community meeting projects. Accordingly; 86 research and 26 community engagement projects are launched with in the establishment year. 
In addition to research and community engagement the University run teaching and learning activities in six colleges namely; college of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities college,  griculture and Environmental Sciences College, College of Health Sciences, College of Business and Economics and Law schools. Engineering, Sport Academy and Natural science colleges will be opened in the coming two years.


III. Forms, Papers, and Reports

Working Papers

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Policy Brief

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IV. CBMS Core Indicators of Poverty

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V. Contact Information

Inquiries regarding CBMS-Nicaragua may be sent to:
Instituto de Investigación y Desarrollo Nitlapan – Universidad Centroamericana
Mailing Address: Recinto Universitario Universidad Centroamericana Rotonda Rubén Darío 150 mts al este Managua, Nicaragua Apartado: A-242
Telephone Numbers: +251-22-331-39-22 and +251-22-331-34-30 
E-mail address: mbermudez@nitlapan.org.ni ; nitlapan@nitlapan.org.ni
 
Guillermo Bonnerman and Milagros Romero
Project Leader/Director
Instituto de Investigación y Desarrollo Nitlapan – Universidad Centroamericana
Mailing Address: Recinto Universitario Universidad Centroamericana Rotonda Rubén Darío 150 mts al este Managua, Nicaragua Apartado: A-242
Telephone and Fax Numbers: + (505) 22 78 13 43
E-mail Address: gmartine@uca.edu.ni; mromero@nitlapan.org.ni

Research Team Members:

Ana Maria Rostrán
Selmira Flores
Yuri Marin

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