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Beyond Micro-Credit

Beyond Micro-Credit
Putting Development Back into Micro-Finance

First Edition
  • Thomas Fisher - formerly at New Economics Foundation, London
  • M S Sriram - Faculty, Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore

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August 2002 | 392 pages | SAGE Vistaar
Micro-finance has emerged in recent years as a major tool for development and is fast growing as an international industry. This book explores how developmental goals and action can be put back into micro-finance. It sets out how micro-finance can be designed, in practice, to contribute to a wide range of developmental objectives, including social and economic security for poor people, promoting livelihoods, building democratic people`s organisations, empowering women, and changing wider systems or institutions within society. It provides a detailed discussion on the fast expanding movement of savings and credit or `self-help` groups in India, and presents a comparison of these groups with those promoted by the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, reviewing the differences in their sustainability, outreach and impact on poor people.

Introduction to the Financial Sector in India

I. MICRO-FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT: Micro-Finance and Social and Economic Security
Micro-Finance and Livelihoods: The Challenge of BASIX

Micro-Finance and People's Organisations

Micro-Finance and System-Wide Change

Self-Help Groups and Grameen Bank Groups: What are the Differences?

Malcolm Harper
Costs in Micro-Finance: What Do Urban Self-Help Groups Tell Us?

Mathew Titus
Exploring Empowerment and Leadership at the Grassroots: Social Entrepreneurship in the SHG Movement in India

Ajit Kanitkar
Sustainability and Development: Evaluating the Performance of Indian Micro-Finance

Sanjay Sinha and Frances Sinha
Rising to the Challenge of Scale in India: Growing the Micro-Finance Sector

Mathew Titus
Emerging Lessons and Challenges

Thomas Fisher
Appendix: Capacity-Building and Organisational Learning Project for Development Finance in India




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Thomas Fisher

M. S. Sriram

M.S. Sriram is a faculty at the Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), Bengaluru. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Development of Research in Banking Technology set up by the RBI. In the past, he was the ICICI Bank Lalita Gupte Chair Professor of Microfinance at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad; was on the faculty of Institute of Rural Management, Anand; and was the Vice President (Finance and Information) at BASIX. He has also taught at IIM Udaipur, SP Jain Centre for Management in Dubai and Singapore, Solvay Brussels School of Business and Economics, and the Azim Premji... More About Author

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ISBN: 9788178291710