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Access Microfinance Summit to be Held from Dec.8; to Focus on True Outcome

The annual microfinance conference in India by Access Development Services will be held this year from December 8 to 11, includsive of the Livelihoods summit.

The Inclusive Finance India Summit will be helld for the first 2 days at Hotel Ashok in New Delhi where the microfinance industry’s policy makers, practitioners and academics come together to discuss microfinance in India aimed at dissemination of information and extend influence in the policy framework.

The conference facilitates interaction among stakeholders to discuss issues and challenges of financial inclusion and this year’s conference will bring out the annual “Inclusive Finance India Report” and the “Responsible Finance India Report".

The event will also recognize MFIs in India for their contribution towards financial inclusion with the Inclusive Finance India Awards and the Microfinance India Awards.

The microfinance event will be followed by the Livelihoods Asia Summit for two days to discuss issues related to creating “sustainable” livelihoods for poor people. The event, organized by Access Development Services, caters more than 130 members of the Access Microfinance Alliance (AmFA).

ACCESS has been holding the annual Microfinance India Summit for the last 11 years and changed the name to Inclusive Finance India Summit to provide a platform to deliberate on the policy environment as well as to share experiences and breakthroughs in financial inclusion. "Rebranding of the Microfinance India Summit as “Inclusive Finance India” was a strategic shift, which helped in broadening the sweep of the Summit’s mandate," it said on its website.

The Summit assesses and analyses efforts and initiatives in bringing greater access to finance to the hitherto unbanked households in the country and build a campaign for universal financial inclusion 2020, said Access, which is a nonprofit consultant to microfinance institutions (MFIs) that offers capacity building and technical services on topics such as operating structure, portfolio management and financial management.

The conference this year will be held in the backdrop of Bandhan MFI setting up a full-fledged bank, the Government of India establishing the niche Bhartiya Mahila Bank to serve financial needs of women, and 10 Small Finance Banks getting Reserve Bank of India nod for setting up banks in-principle.

Inclusive Finance India Summit 2015 Sessions:

Indicative list of Sessions:

• Financial Inclusion in India: Quest for True and Tangible Outcomes
• Small Finance Banks: Will they have a Level Playing Field in the Banking Eco-system?
• From Alternate to Mainstream: Changing Landscape of MFIs
• Differentiated Banks & the “Whatsapp Moment in Financial Services in India”
• Revitalizing the SHG Movement
• Making a Case for Less Cash Society
• Jan Dhan se Jan Suraksha: Role of Social Protection in Mainstream Financial Inclusion
• Responsible Finance: Client Protection And Client Centricity
• Future of Agent Networks in India
• SME Financing & Funding the Missing Middle
• Is the Microfinance Sector Heating Up?
• Innovation through Technology based Product Diversification
• Importance of Consumer Behaviour for Financial Inclusion
• Financial Capability

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