Speeding Financial Inclusion

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Academic Foundation, 2009 - Business & Economics - 168 pages

Increasing access to finance for India’s rural poor presents a formidable developmental challenge in a country as vast and varied as India, and this study seeks to collate primary research based on grassroots experiences from several project sites and field visits. It presents key interventions and intermediations to speed up the process of financial inclusion, and thereby poverty alleviation. Additionally, the book also lists various success stories and interventions led by large public sector banks; public sector insurance companies and a large business correspondent. Establishing a clear link between financial access, financial exclusion, financial inclusion, and poverty alleviation, the book measures the performance of various credit programs, including microfinance, and evaluates their success and impact. Arguing that in order for the current measures being undertaken for financial inclusion to bear expected fruits, the study explains how certain impediments have to be removed to make it workable and viable.

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About the author (2009)

Sameer Kochhar is President of Skoch Development Foundation---a not-for-profit Section 25 company---and has been passionately working towards promoting participatory democracy, empowerment and bringing improvements in delivery systems. He is CEO, Skoch Consultancy Services and is an industry veteran with a multifaceted career spanning over two and a half decades. He has been India strategy and management consultant to several Fortune 500 as well as large Indian companies for over a decade. He is also Chief Editor of Inclusion---a quarterly publication focused on development economics issues. He is considered to be one of the most respected independent voices on inclusive development and citizenship issues in India. He is a member of several expert groups and committees and his research opinions and writings have shaped many a public policy dialogue. He is also a Member of the Expert Group constituted by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India advocating a case for strengthening of Panchayati Raj Institutions (village councils), and urban local bodies. He has written extensively on areas of emerging management practices, mergers and acquisitions, Indian IT industry, e-Governance, Panchayati Raj, and ICT for development. He has recently published with Academic Foundation, New Delhi, three widely acclaimed books titled: "Infrastructure and Governance" (2008); "Financial Inclusion" (2009); and, "Urban Renewal: Policy and Response" (2009).

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