Today, approximately 600 million people in the world lack access to the basic financial services they need to build assets for their households and communities. Because access to capital is fundamental to people's ability to make a living and invest in their families and communities, it is critical to reach these mainly rural communities to help them leverage local resources and build equity. The Coady is working with Southern microfinance institutions to develop local capacity for productive livelihoods, build assets and strong communities.
Podcast: The commercial microfinance sector has generated much discussion in the media this year, some of it quite negative. But do the stories tell the full picture? Join specialists Anuj Jain from the Coady Institute and his colleague CS Reddy from APMAS in India as they discuss current issues and predict where microfinance is heading in the short term. Also: the important differences between member-owned institutions and the commercial sector.
Play Podcast (.mp3) Length 22:48 Recorded May 12, 2011 at the Coady Institute
Guests: Anuj Jain, Coady Institute and CS Reddy, APMAS of India