Introduction to the financial sector in India;
Part 1: Micro-finance and development;
Micro-finance and social and economic security;
Micro-finance and livelihoods - the challenge of BASIX;
Micro-finance and people's organisations;
Micro-finance and system-wide change;
Part 2: Micro-finance: organisations and institutions;
Self-help groups and Grameen Bank groups: What are the differences?
by Malcolm Harper;
Costs in micro-finance: What do urban self-help groups tell us? by Mathew Titus;
Exploring empowerment and leadership at the grassroots: Social entrepreneurship in the SHG movement in India; by Ajit Kanitkar;
Sustainability and development: Evaluating the performance of Indian micro-finance; by Sanjay Sinha and Frances Sinha;
Rising to the challenge of scale in India: Growing the micro-finance sector; by Mathew Titus;
Emerging lessons and challenges; by Thomas Fisher;
Appendix:Capacity-building and organisational learning project for development finance in India
About the authors and contributors.
Thomas Fisher works at the New Economics Foundation in London on issues of development finance, organizational development and accountability in both southern and northern countries Previously he was engaged in development training and research in India for five years.
M S Sriram
M S Sriram is a faculty member at the Centre for Management in Agriculture at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad