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									2nd National Seminar on
Microfinance – Issues and
           Challenges


    (21 – 22 February 2011)




      Centre for Microfinance Research
 Bankers Institute of Rural Development
                Lucknow
    Second National Seminar on
     Micro-finance – Issues and
            Challenges
Background


The phenomenal growth of Indian microfinance sector and its potential for further expansion
attracts everyone in terms of product deepening, diversification and expansion of
geographical spread.


The Self Help Group-Bank Linkage Programme (SBLP), pioneered by NABARD in 1992,
has emerged as the largest and the fastest growing community based microfinance
programme in the world resulting in credit-linkage of more than 4.85 million SHGs as on 31
March 2010. The Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) too have emerged as strong players in
supplementing the role of formal financial institutions in providing microfinance services to
the poor. However, despite various policy interventions aimed at upscaling the efforts to
bring in the excluded families, particularly the weak and vulnerable members of society
including those who live on the fringe of forests, tribals, etc., within its fold, financial
exclusion continues to deprive millions of people living below a sustainable level of income.
The comparatively disadvantageous groups like various tribal communities struggling to have
assured means for livelihood need to be approached in an entirely different manner than
what is generally designed for people living in other parts of the country.


There is also a need to debate on the sustainability of SHG-Bank Linkage programme itself
which has completed about 20 years of its existence in various forms in the country and now
regarded as the world‟s largest community based programme. The issue needs to be viewed
from the angle whether an SHG member in the rural area has really gained the competence
and confidence of providing a physical collateral security for his/her credit needs from the
formal banking system so that the way ahead of SBLP could be „SHG to No-SHG‟.


Further, on account of unemployment and under-employment in various rural parts of the
country, sizeable rural population migrates to semi urban and urban areas of the country in
search of employment. One of the problems relating to migrant workers is the lack of
opportunity to husband their daily small savings at their places of work and remittance of
their saved money to their native place. If the issue of remittance is tackled in a manner
suitable to migrant workers and their family members (recipients), it will definitely create a
dent on the poverty of the migrant workers‟ families. Further if the migrant workers are SHG
members, their families can pay the thrift/ repay the loan installment without any default and
thus can continue their effective membership in the SHGs of their villages.

Of late, the experiments like Joint Liability Groups, producers groups, etc., have led to the
increased application of micro-finance approaches in meeting the credit needs of the
agricultural sector. However, much has to be done in bringing the small farmers, marginal
farmers, tenant farmers, share croppers and oral lessees into the microfinance movement so
as to provide opportunities for them to sustain their farming operations leading to increased
income for their families.

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. 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 21 February 2011 at BIRD, Lucknow and
will conclude at 05.30 PM on 22 February 2011. Nominations along with participation fee
must reach us by 15 February 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 birdjournal@yahoo.in, bird@bsnl.in or birdindia@yahoo.co.in

Registration Fee & Mode of Payment

Particulars                            Indian delegate               Foreign delegate
Without boarding and lodging                 ` 2000                        USD 200
With boarding and lodging                    ` 4000                        USD 400
Research Scholar / Students                  ` 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 birdjournal@yahoo.in,
bird@bsnl.in or birdindia@yahoo.co.in.


Venue
The venue of the conference shall be at Bankers Institute of Rural Development (BIRD),
Lucknow.




Accommodation
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.
About BIRD
Bankers Institute of Rural Development (BIRD) established in 1983 by National Bank for
Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), is a premier training, research and
consulting organization in India working in the field of agriculture, rural development,
microfinance and development banking. This ISO:9001 : 2008 certified Institute conducts
international and national level as well as region-focused, issue-specific and research-based
training courses and seminars, as well as feasibility, diagnostic studies, exposure visits, etc.,
for rural financial institutions including NGOs and MFIs. It has undertaken several important
consultancy assignments for international bodies like South Asian Association for Regional
Co-operation (SAARC), International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), World
Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Department for International
Development (DFID), ILO, Govt of India, etc. It has been regularly conducting training
programmes on Projects, Finance, Microfinance, HR, IT and Rural Development for Banks,
Government Departments / Corporations, Development Organisations and NGOs. Demand
based international training programmes are also conducted by BIRD. It has also started one
year fully residential Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Banking from July 2010 for making
available trained personnel to man rural financial institutions.
BIRD is located in a sprawling lush green compact campus of 42 acres, at a distance of 6 kms
from Lucknow Airport and 9 kms from Lucknow Railway Station. It is fully equipped with
centrally air-conditioned state-of-the-art class rooms, seminar/discussions rooms, computer
lab, conference hall, auditorium, library, hostel, gymnasium, indoor games court, lounge, etc.
About CMR
Centre for Microfinance Research (CMR) is set up within BIRD in 2008 to take up research
activities in the field of microfinance for facilitating policy initiatives and improvements in
design and delivery system of microfinance services. The vision and mission is to emerge as
a centre of reference for information, knowledge and valued opinion related to the
microfinance sector and strengthen the microfinance sector through supply of researched
inputs that facilitate policy initiatives / improvement in design and delivery systems that
provide poor with sustainable access to quality financial services. CMR has four sub-centres
located at Indian Institute of Bank Management, Guwahati, Centre for Microfinance –
Institute of Financial Management and Research, Chennai, Institute of Development Studies,
Jaipur and Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna.
About Lucknow
Situated on the banks of river Gomti, at a distance of 500 Kms. from National Capital Delhi,
the ancient city of Lucknow is the capital of the State of Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow is
internationally known for its traditional culture and hand-woven embroidery chikankari. A
number of national level institutions, such as Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Central
Institute for Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (CMAP), National Botanical Research Institute
(NBRI) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) are located in the city. Lucknow
experiences a temperature variation from a peak of 460 during summer (April to June) to as
low as 20 C during winter (November to January).         Although the winter may recede in
February, it is advisable to come with adequate woollen clothings for comfortable stay.
Reaching BIRD
Lucknow is well connected by air and rail to major cities of India. Delegates arriving by air
are required to alight at Lucknow‟s Amausi Airport which is just 6 kms from the Institute.
Prepaid Taxi services are available at the airport. Delegates arriving by train are required to
alight at Lucknow‟s Charbagh Railway Station. Pre-paid auto and other modes of transport
are available at the station to reach the Institute. The distance between Lucknow railway
station and BIRD is about 9 kms.

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
Website:http://www.birdindia.com
Email birdjournal@yahoo.in, bird@bsnl.in, birdindia@yahoo.co.in


                             NOMINATION FORM
          National Seminar on Microfinance – Issues and Challenges
                           (21 – 22 February 2011)

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