This subseries documents Dunham's work at the Bank Rakyat Indonesia and at Women's World Banking from 1988-1994. Materials include reports, case studies, and surveys.
Dunham worked for Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), the Peoples Bank of Indonesia, between 1988 and 1992 on short-term consultancies funded by the World Bank. She was associated with the Harvard Institute for International Development that advised the Minister of Finance and BRI.
Dunham managed and supervised research in seven Indonesian provinces on BRI's rural banking programs, from development of design strategies to presentation of final recommendations. She was involved at a critical period when BRI's failing government-subsidized rural credit program for rice farmers (known as BIMAS) had been discontinued, and was being replaced by a rapidly expanding unsubsidized commercial microfinance operation made widely available to a variety of rural and then more general borrowers. It became very successful. Through market potential surveys (MARPOTSU) and arrears studies, Dunham obtained data that supported her argument for replicating and expanding the program to a wider range of small borrowers than at first envisioned, and to understanding and reducing the rate of arrears in loan repayments.
She worked at Woman's World Banking in New York as Research and Policy Coordinator from February 1993 to mid-1994. There are very few hardcopy papers from this period as much of the material relating to her work was saved on floppy disks.
The Bank Rakyat Indonesia materials appear first in alphabetical order. The Women's World Banking material is filed at the end of the series.
The S. Ann Dunham papers are open for research.
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S. Ann Dunham papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Wenner-Gren Foundation.