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Mission drift or strategic shift? Group formation strategies within MEPs

Chu, Vien & Luke, Belinda G. (2012) Mission drift or strategic shift? Group formation strategies within MEPs. Journal of International Development, 24(8), pp. 1042-1045.

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Abstract

Microenterprise development programs (MEPs) have been recognised as a valuable way to help the poor engage in micro-businesses (Green et al., 2006; Vargas, 2000), presenting a way out of poverty (Choudhury et al., 2008; Strier, 2010). Concerns have been raised however, that the benefits of MEPs often don’t reach the extremely poor (Jones et al., 2004; Midgley, 2008; Mosley and Hulme, 1998; Nawaz, 2010; Pritchett, 2006). Balancing reach of these programs with depth is a challenging task. Targeting as many poor people as possible often results in MEPs focusing on the upper or middle poor, overlooking the most challenging group. As such, MEPs have been criticised for mission drift – losing sight of the organisation’s core purpose; assisting those more likely to succeed.

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ID Code: 54765
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: micro enterprise programs, mission drift, Vietnam
DOI: 10.1002/jid.2879
ISSN: 0954-1748
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Deposited On: 14 Nov 2012 08:26
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2012 07:36

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