Microfinance Community Update‘Community Update’ provides members with periodic news and information about the activities, resources, events (past and forthcoming), opportunities for sharing between members of the CoP. All members can contribute to the Update. It also contains queries and discussions which have been concluded, consolidated replies issued and invites members to respond to ongoing discussions in the community.
MGNREGA Sameeksha II: An Anthology of Research Studies (2012-2014)The publication includes research studies conducted over 2012-14 to foster understanding about MGNREGA and its impact in India with the aim to facilitate focused discussions between policymakers, researchers, practitioners, activists and the administration.
Women's Voices: Employment and Entrepreneurship In IndiaThe report maps the workforce participation and aspirations of young women and girls from low income groups in and around four metropolitan cities of India and determines the barriers they face in realizing their aspirations. It also identifies the role of stakeholders – government, local industries and skill development agencies - in bridging the gap between women’s aspirations and the opportunities in the market.
UNDP Annual Report 2014-2015: Time for Global ActionThe report highlights UNDP activities over the past year and its impact on people’s lives around the world
Financing for Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs)The policy paper examines the financing for Farmer Producer Organisations and offers recommendations to initiate discussion by the policymakers, financiers and practitioners to design appropriate policies, financial products, and governance and management practices.
Strategies for Building Livelihoods for the Poorest of the PoorThe paper examines the design elements for reaching out to the Poorest of the Poor (PoP) in three large State Government led poverty programmes of India – Indira Kranthi Patham, Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP); Tamil Nadu Empowerment and Poverty Reduction Project and Kudumbashree.
Empowering Women in Agriculture: Closing the Gender Gap through Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran PariyojanaThe policy paper reviews select case studies of Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana, a sub component of the National Rural Livelihood Mission. The paper provides key learnings to the practitioners engaged in supporting the struggle for livelihoods with dignity, for millions of women farmers in rural India.
Payments Banks: Support Policy Framework for Enhancing Viability and InclusionThe paper reviews the payment guidelines issued by the Reserve Bank of India, global experiences for non-banks in payments and the lessons therefrom. It also outlines the recent developments in financial inclusion driven by the government of India and their possible impact on potential payment banks. The final section explores some ideas that could further improve the enabling environment towards achieving financial inclusion.
The Microfinance Bill: Need for a Fresh OutlookThis policy paper presents the past efforts of regulating the Microfinance sector, analyses the merits and demerits of various attempts beginning from the report of the Task Force1 in 1999 and presents a road map for future which can maximize contribution of the MFI sector to financial inclusion.