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National conference on issues & challenges in microfinance

Despite the tremendous progress in efficiency and outreach by the MFIs, the key challenge before the policy makers is to make the growth process more inclusive. Centre for Microfinance Research (CMR) is organising the Second National Seminar on ‘Microfinance in India - Issues and Challenges’ in New Delhi on February 21-22, 2010.

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 

Seminar Format

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.

Chief Guest

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.

The format given along with this brochure may be used for registration. Interested participants may send the duly filled-in registration forms by post or by Email to:, or

Download Nomination Form for National Microfinance Seminar Nomination Form 2011

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, or


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:

The Director,

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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