Skip to main content

Some recent articles and media related to microfinance and financial inclusion

Author: Shardul Oza

1. Does Microfinance Work? CGAP’s Microfinance Gateway aggregates recent articles and opinion pieces written in response to David Roodman’s book

2. Nachikets Mor’s CGAP interview on Wealth Management – Nachiket Mor, Chair of IFMR Trust, speaks about the challenges facing financial inclusion in India and his company’s unique approach to financial services for the poor (video)

3. YARTOM* David Roodman discusses results from the newest RCT impact evaluation of microcredit

4. Can the expansion of microfinance add up to macro-impacts? NYU economist Jonathan Morduch on the limited academic work that links microfinance with larger-than-household level impacts

5. Repairing a Tarnished Image: A plea for transparency in Indian microfinance -Daniel Rozas on what Indian MFIs should do to reestablish trust with their clients and other important constituents

6. Lunch with the FT: Esther Duflo – The Financial Times profiles prominent development economist Esther Duflo. Duflo is co-director of MIT’s Jameel Abdul Latif Poverty Action Lab and a principal investigator on several CMF studies.

7.  The Guardian’s Poverty Matters Blog features two blogs on the effectiveness of microfinance:
Is sustainable local development a persuasive alternative to microfinance? 

8. Is microfinance an engine of development: Finca says Yes


  1. enjoyed it when I see looking at the Your Blog. It is given me a few ideas for my next website. The simple yet elegant charcoal theme, really stands out!Thanks for sharing. home insurance mobile

  2. Excellent ideas! The way you laid out this post made a lot of sense. You really helped me and this was exactly what I was looking for. You made it very easy for me to understand, and it greatly helped me out. I'm sure you'll reach so many people with what you've got to say.
    home insurance mobile


Post a Comment

Popular Posts

Vocationalisation of education in India: Current Scenario, Key Challenges and New directions

“Every handicraft has to be taught not merely mechanically as is done today, but scientifically. This is to say, the child should learn the why and wherefore of every process.” - Gandhi’s Philosophy of Education

The greatest challenge in Indian education system today is to provide skill based education to the youth. This is exacerbated by a mismatch in demand and supply for the skilled workforce. The penetration of vocational education and training remains poor not only in rural areas, but also in urban regions where there is a higher installed capacity to impart the same. This post is an attempt to make the readers understand the need of vocational education in India. Also, this is an attempt to summarise a few recommendations on the same. 
A recent survey (61st round) conducted by the NSSO found that:

1. The percentage of population that completed primary education was 70%, but less than 10% went on to complete a graduation course and above. Almost 97% of individuals in the age bracket…

Rockstar of Financial Inclusion: Business Correspondent Model of India

About Author:  Jatinder Handoo is a social business enthusiast and a branchless banking practitioner. Currently works at FINO PayTech Ltd and is based out of Mumbai. He is reachable at
India is a hot bed of financial exclusion. A country which houses nearly 16% of the global population  has more than 65% of its people outside the formal financial system (Global Findex 2012). The Indian banking system has adopted multiple approaches to make universal financial inclusion a reality right from early days Indian post-independence banking system. Be it bank nationalization in 1969 or formation of Regional Rural Banks. Formation of NABARD or fostering microfinance through Bank-SHG linkage programme in early 90’s. A shimmering ray hope was rekindled with the growth of JLG based microfinance, however later studies made it clear that the model is credit led, concentrated predominately in the southern region of India thus could not be seen as painting complete financial…

A Platform for Knowledge - Enabling people to learn ..

I received a rather interesting link/website via my email today. The link read as MR University and all I could think of was, "Ok, this must be another website portal of some university or college". Well, on clicking the link and looking through the contents of the site, I was pleasantly surprised. The site is an online education portal or platform that allows users or teachers to upload short videos on topics or lessons they wish to impart. First topic that I come across is Development Economics.
The intent of the website is eloquently put out by the two economists, Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok in the intro video. What started as a blog focusing on economics and its various implications in understanding why things are the way they are around us, has now an interesting addition. A video portal titled MRUniversity or Marginal Revolution University that focuses on online education with subjects pertaining to economics. It brought back to my mind,…