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Five Years of Researching Financial Services for the Poor – CMF Report

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The Centre for Micro Finance, IFMR Research, published its latest report “Five Years of Researching Financial Services for the Poor” at its recently concluded annual conference held in association with RBI’s College of Agricultural Banking.

Founded in 2005, the report presents the different research studies, which CMF has undertaken over the years in the area of financial services for the poor. The report, organised thematically, under its broad focus areas of “Financial Inclusion”, “Livelihoods” & “Social Objectives”, describes the organisation’s current work and summarises key findings from completed studies. The report also identifies potential areas for future research and recommends ways that financial services practice could evolve to meet the needs of low-income households.

Some of the studies that are profiled in the report include:

  • Miracle of Microfinance? Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation
  • The Impact of Access to Finance in Rural Tamil Nadu: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial
  • The Economic Returns to Social Interaction: Experimental Evidence from Microfinance
  • Targeting the Hard-Core Poor: An Impact Assessment
  • Measuring the Impact of Providing Futures and Spot Prices of Crops to Farmers

To read the full report click here.

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