National conference on issues & challenges in microfinance
The microfinance sector across the globe, over the past few years, has shown tremendous growth in terms of its efficiency and outreach which was made possible due to various experiments done by diverse stakeholders in different parts of the world. However, in spite of best efforts of the Rural Financial Institutions (RFIs) and the MFI sector, the magnitude of financial exclusion is truly staggering.
Further, one of the key challenges facing the policy makers today is how to make the growth process more inclusive. In this background, it is felt that results of various successful models/ experiments need to be widely disseminated amongst all the stakeholders in order to provide suitable options, particularly to those practitioners who are concentrating in regions where microfinance has not yet penetrated.
These challenges call for a need on the part of all the stakeholders in the microfinance sector to come together and share their experiences on the issues identified for the seminar. They may adopt and implement innovative approaches after learning from experiences and innovations made by other experts in various fields of microfinance.
Centre for Microfinance Research
In this background, the Centre for Microfinance Research (CMR) is organising the Second National Seminar on ‘Microfinance in India - Issues and Challenges’ to provide a common platform to a wide spectrum of policy makers, academicians and experts from mFI sector for interactive deliberations and discussions on the following four themes:
- Agriculture and Microfinance
- Tribal Economy and Microfinance
- SHG Bank Linkage Programme – Looking Ahead – The Roadmap
- Migrant Workers : Tackling issues relating to remittances
There will be four Technical Sessions on each of the four themes indicated above. Each session will have a Panel consisting of 3-4 eminent experts/practitioners from the sector and one among them will be the Chairperson for that session. 3-4 papers of original research done in the microfinance sector will be presented by various Authors followed by floor discussions in each Technical Session.
Prof B.B. Bhattacharya, Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University has given his kind consent to be the Chief Guest of the seminar. On the sidelines of the seminar, technology vendors will be showcasing their products and services useful for microfinance sector.
Duration of Seminar & Nomination
The programme would commence at 10.00 AM on February 21, 2011 at BIRD, Lucknow and will conclude at 05.30 PM on February 22, 2011.
Nominations along with participation fee must reach us by February 15, 2011.
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Registration Fee & Mode of Payment
Particulars Indian delegate Foreign delegate
Without boarding and lodging Rs 2000 USD 200
With boarding and lodging Rs 4000 USD 400
Research Scholar/Students Rs 500 USD 50
(with ID proof)
Indian delegates may pay participation fee by demand draft drawn in favour of Bankers Institute of Rural Development payable at Lucknow. Foreign delegates may pay their fee by means of Swift Transfer. For details of swift transfer, please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The venue of the conference shall be at Bankers Institute of Rural Development (BIRD), Lucknow.
BIRD has centrally air conditioned self-contained single room accommodations. Prior confirmation may have to be obtained for availing Boarding and Lodging facility. Participants are required to tender the confirmation letter to the Reception at the time of checking in the hostel rooms.
Enquiries and nominations along with fee may be addressed to:
Bankers Institute of Rural Development (BIRD) Sector “H”,
L.D.A. Colony, Kanpur Road, Lucknow – 226 012 (India)
Phone No.: 91-522- 2421007 / 2421187 / 2421137 / 2421055 / 2421182.
Fax : 91-0522-2412047 / 2421176
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