Author: Tanaya Devi A new CMF study explores the potential of a new mobile agricultural extension service to improve farming techniques.  The Indian government has willingly implemented agricultural demonstrations as a method to develop farming knowledge and techniques. It spent $60 million on agricultural extension in 2009-10 alone. However, these traditional extension techniques seem barely able […]
If one were to look at the last month’s most captivating news headlines – once again it could be said that matters of economics hogged more limelight than the rest. Whether it be the railway budget, Budget 2012-13 or even the Poverty Line. I came across this article in Forbes, Link: which talks at […]
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 […]

India’s new poverty numbers

Author: Shardul Oza The Planning Commission has released new poverty estimates for the country, showing that the percentage of people living below the poverty line poor fell from from 37% to 29.8% from 2004-2005 to 2009-2010.  According to the Commission, the fall is poverty in directly attributable to the success of government welfare programs such […]
Author: Shardul Oza A post by NYU researcher Jonathan Bauchet on the CGAP Microfinance Blog discusses some of the reasons behind the low takeup of microinsurance products.  Bauchet mentions results from CMF’s randomized controlled trial study of an index-based weather insurance product in rural Gujarat which show that price is a major barrier to adoption. […]
Author: Sushmita Meka This weekend was one of complete catharsis for me. The Indian microfinance sector, as is well known now, has gone through a roller coaster over the course of the last year and a half—one of emotion, accusations, and frustration. For myself, having had the privilege of working on the Access to Finance […]

Notes from a Conference

The Centre for Micro Finance (CMF) and the College of Agricultural Banking (CAB)  organized the 5th round of the annual conference titled ‘Microfinance: Translating  Research into Practice’ in January, 2012. The objective of the conference was to actively engage stakeholders and researchers in discussions relevant to current and future microfinance practice. During the inaugural session, […]

Golden Path to Savings?

While going through the Economic Times today, I happened to come across this article which talks about how Savings products receive better response from consumers when its backed by gold or real estate. Forget real estate when it comes to the rural context – I was wondering about the relevance of gold savings in rural […]