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Microfinance India

Microfinance India
State of the Sector Report 2008

First Edition
  • N Srinivasan - Independent researcher, journalist and consultant, New Delhi

January 2009 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Microfinance India is a part of a series of annual reports on the microfinance sector in India which seeks to document developments, clarify issues, publicize studies, stimulate research, identify policy choices, generate understanding and enhance support for the sector. It is a comprehensive one-stop document that provides the latest data and a holistic view of the sector, combines analysis and description and integrates a variety of topics previously treated separately.

The book highlights recent developments in Self Help Groups (SHGs) and SHG Bank Linkage Programs (SBLPs), and focuses on microfinance with regard to the investment scenario in India. It also deals with the burgeoning field of urban microfinance, developments in micro-insurance, and the impact of new technologies on the microfinance sector. Additionally, it recognizes the high demands which the state makes on microfinance institutions and discusses the need and relevance of new policy regulations. Complementing these analyses, statistical annexes provide essential data on the sector, strengthening its utility as a reference document. It contains extensive original material, and yet draws widely on the findings of other recent studies and reports, thereby emerging as a complete, detailed analysis of the status and the future of the microfinance sector in India.

Overview-Growth and Consolidation
The SHG Bank Linkage Programme (SBLP): Entering a Phase of Consolidation
The Microfinance Institutions and the Investment Climate - Is Expansion the Mission?
Banking Correspondents and Facilitators
Urban Microfinance-Fast and Furious
Social Performance and Responsible Microfinance
Competition-Does the Client Benefit?
Micro Insurance-A Long Way to Go
Policy Environment and Regulation-High Expectations!
Technology in Microfinance
Some Major Institutional Contributors
Future Agenda

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ISBN: 9788178299464