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Building Financial Resilience

Do Credit and Finance Schemes Serve or Impoverish Vulnerable People?

  • Examines a wide selection of credit and finance schemes affecting vulnerable people around the world, encompassing the global North and global South

  • Draws on a novel combination of a new theory of financialization with well-accepted theories of human development

  • Presents a pragmatic analysis and a balanced critique of finance and credit products drawing on recent literature and providing case studies of payday lending and mobile banking

  • Features a foreword by Elaine Kempson


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Jerry Buckland
    Pages 1-10
  3. Jerry Buckland
    Pages 109-147
  4. Jerry Buckland
    Pages 229-238
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 239-270

About this book


This book examines how credit and finance schemes affect the financial lives of vulnerable people around the world. These schemes include payday lending, matched savings, and financial literacy in the Global North, and micro-credit and mobile banking in the Global South. Buckland sets these schemes within the context of financialization and seeks to identify strengths, weaknesses, and ways to enhance the well-being of vulnerable people. This book’s coverage of a wide range of financial products and geographic regions makes for a unique and innovative perspective on this topic. It presents a balanced critique of credit and finance schemes under the assumption that reform is the most practical means to improve human well-being.


Global north Global south credit and finance schemes financialization Global capital Microfinance Mobile banking payday lending matched savings financial literacy micro-credit

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.International Development StudiesMenno Simons College, Canadian Mennonite University, & University of Winnipeg affiliateWinnipeg, MBCanada

About the authors

Jerry Buckland is Professor of International Development Studies at Menno Simons College, Canadian Mennonite University, Canada. His research and teaching areas include financial inclusion and empowerment, research and evaluation methods, community-based development, and rural and Indigenous Peoples’ development.


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Building Financial Resilience
  • Book Subtitle Do Credit and Finance Schemes Serve or Impoverish Vulnerable People?
  • Authors Jerry Buckland
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-72418-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-89180-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-72419-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 270
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Public Finance
    International Finance
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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