Microfinance India Summit 2011
Microfinance India Summit, an international event, annually organized by ACCESS, brings the sector together to identify impediments to its organised growth, analyse trends and help to construct a vision for its future growth and raises topical issues for discussion and debate. The Eighth Microfinance India Summit will be organised between December 12-13, 2011 at Hotel Ashok in New Delhi.
Summit 2011 will focus on implications of new regulation, on current trends and issues relating to transparency, client protection, and provision of remittance services, micro housing, micro insurance, impact assessment of microfinance and renew focus on Self Help Groups as means of social empowerment and for delivery of financial services.
The Summit will feature plenary sessions on:
o SHG Version 2: The New Surge
o Microfinance in a Regulatory Regime: What will change?
o Responsible Finance
o National Rural Livelihoods Mission – Structures for Financial Intermediation
o Aadhar - The basis of Financial Inclusion (session on the Universal Identification Scheme)
The Summit is also a platform for release of important sectoral documents. As per convention, State of the sector Report on Microfinance 2011 will be released on the inaugural day. We will also release the following additional reports and design sessions based on research studies to guide discussions at the Summit 2011 with sound data and analysis:
o Microfinance India Social Performance Report – The Report is envisaged as an annual publication, on the lines of the State of the Sector Report, that will collate and present comprehensive research based analysis and documentation of Social Performance data and initiatives on social performance of microfinance players in the country
o Two Decades of Self Help Groups in Microfinance: Time for a New Direction? – The Report will undertake a comprehensive stocktaking accomplishments and shortcomings of SHGs and community institutions built upon them; and to plot their progress alongside global developments in the field of microfinance and other developmental initiatives.
Microfinance India Summit 2010
Over the last seven years, the Microfinance India Summit, organized by ACCESS Development Services, has established itself as an international conference dedicated to Indian microfinance. It has become the single most important platform for sharing the Indian experience, unique as it is, with a global audience. At the same time, it also provides an avenue to learn about international trends and best practices for adaptation by the Indian community of practitioners. Policy makers, practitioners, promoters, academics, researchers and thought leaders share their experiences on various panels, and about 1000 delegates from both within and outside the country participate in the Summit. It bridges the unnecessary hiatus between models and methodologies and helps to build consensus on the critical challenges and issues. In the past, the Summit themes have helped in focusing on key issues including "Inclusion, Innovation and Impact " (2005), "Urban Microfinance " (2006), "Formal Financial Institutions - the challenges of depth and breadth " (2007), "The Poor First " (2008) and "Doing good and doing well- The need for balance " (2009)
Summit 2010 Highlights
The microfinance India Summit 2010 was held between November 15-16, 2010 at Hotel Ashok, New Delhi. The over-arching theme for the Summit was "Mission of Microfinance - Need to Reflect and Reaffirm ". Resonating the current situation in the Indian microfinance sector, the Summit sessions focused on current trends and issues relating to sustainability, transparency, social performance, commercialization of the sector, client protection, among others. The highlights of the Summit are encapsulated in the daily newsletters released during the Summit. Click here for the full report on Microfinance India Summit 2010.
Summit 2010 Presentations
Day 3 (November 17, 2010) was organized as sponsored Thematic Round Tables held at the India Habitat Center, New Delhi.
Summit 2010 Roundtable Reports
The Round Tables have been designed to enable interested organizations / institutions to allow for more insightful discussions on a current issue / theme, present finding of recent research, share innovative ideas or hold consultative workshops in a structured manner with a selected small audience.
Annual Microfinance India Summit 2009
Sixth in the series, the Microfinance India Summit 2009 was held on October 26 and 28, 2009 at the Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi and the over-arching theme for the Summit was "Doing Good and Doing Well: The need for balance". It focused on the twin challenges that the sector faces vis-a-vis focusing on the client as well as remaining sustainable - i.e. finding a balance between the financial and social capital.
Attempt was made to look at issues of Financial Sustainability of MFIs vs their Social Performance, Small loans vs Livelihoods Finance, high growth rates of institutions vs customized products and services relevant to production and consumption cycles of clients and looking at issues of client protection, financial literacy, women's empowerment, social security et al.
Similar to 2008 Summit, Day three of
the microfinance India Summit was dedicated to issues linked to sustainable livelihoods of the poor. The theme for the Livelihoods Day was "Making Markets Work for the Poor" and it tried to cover various private models, government models and well as NGO models that have been executed to productively link the poor to the markets. The day also deliberated on the pro-poor Value Chain Approaches and learning.
An important addition to the microfinance India Summit in 2009 were the presentation of"Microfinance India Awards" instituted by ACCESS and sponsored by HSBC Bank.
Annual Microfinance India Summit 2008
Due to the undue focus being given over the previous few years to institutions and the upscaling and sustainability challenges that they face - at times, at the expense of the clients that the institutions support; a conscious decision was made to dedicate the theme for the microfinance India Summit 2008 to "The Poor First". The microfinance India summit 2008 delved into issues pertaining to the quality of products and services provided to the poor, client protection, community based models and the challenges of inclusive finance. This was the fifth event organised by the microfinance India platform which has been institutionalised within ACCESS Development Services, having transitioned from CARE India. The conference in 2008 attracted over 1000 delegates, both from within and outside India and 156 resource persons constituting of thought leaders, senior policy makers, academics and practitioners.
An extra feature this year was the additional third day that focused on the broader issue of sustainable livelihoods, highlighting the composite nature of services required by the poor to upscale their livelihoods. The conference on "Inclusive Value Chains" generated discussion on topics such as fair trade and its limitations and organised retail and the opportunities that it holds for the poor. The theme was chosen to coincide with the release of Professor Malcolm Harper's book "Inclusive Value Chains in India: linking the smallest producers to the modern market". This initiative of a separate day dedicated to livelihoods achieved its purpose of allowing the sharing of scaled-up and successful experiences and helping to understand the world in which the poor live and work.
A further accomplishment of the microfinance India Summit 2008 was not only the timely release of the third "Microfinance India-State of the Sector Report", but also the circulation of the "State of Livelihoods - The 4P Report" - a pioneering joint effort between ACCESS and the Livelihoods School.
Annual Microfinance India Summit 2007
The 2007 microFinance India Summit, fourth in the series was held on October 9-10, 2007 at Hotel Ashok, New Delhi and highlighted the unique success of the Indian microfinance sector to successfully integrate the formal financial sector in providing financial services to the poor. The specific theme for the summit was "Formal Financial Institutions and Microfinance - The Challenges of Depth and Breadth" and it focused on past experiences of FFIs downscaling their operations for provisioning financial services to the poor, the operating environment in which these processes are rolled out, the policy regime and the enabling environment. The Summit also looked at future possibilities in terms of expanding and diversification of services and products by the formal financial sector. An attempt was also made to prepare a roadmap for investments and efforts required towards universalizing financial services.
Annual Microfinance India Summit 2006
Third in the series, Microfinance India Summit 2006 was held in September 2006. Microfinance India 2006 focused and facilitated creative debate on:
- An ongoing theme - Impact of microfinance
- Conceptualizing 'impact' in the context of microfinance
- Designing approaches to measure impact Measuring impacts Refining thought and practice in effective program design and delivery
- A specific theme - Expanding reach of microfinance delivery to urban India.
- Understanding urban markets in India.
- Identifying and discussing effective operational design elements Deliberating on affirmative policy actions
Annual Microfinance India Conference 2005
Microfinance India 2005, the second conference, deliberated on the sector's performance, took stock of the achievements and challenges and further crystallized the vision set in 2004. In doing so, it focused on the three themes of inclusion, impact and innovation. 'Inclusion' focused on the experiences and challenges in building an inclusive financial sector. 'Impact' attempted to share, assess and demonstrate the sector's impact on poverty and development. 'Innovation' sought to showcase novel thinking in products, services, institutions and processes that further the objective of 'inclusion with impact'.
Annual Microfinance India Conference 2004
The first conference in the series was held in 2004 and it attempted to articulate a vision plan for the Indian microfinance sector. It visualised Indian microfinance as a recognised, organised industry, which through partnerships, innovations and focused action improves the outreach and impacts of microfinance services to the poor.
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