MICROFINANCE EVENT: Sa-Dhan Association to Host National Conference, September 14-15, 2016, New Delhi, India

Event Name: Sa-Dhan National Conference 2016: “Financial Inclusion on Path to Sustainable Development Goals”

Event Date: September 14-15, 2016

Event Location: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India 110003

Cost: The per-person cost of the event is INR 5,000 (USD 75) for Sa-Dhan members, INR 8,000 (USD 120) for Indian nationals who are not Sa-Dahn members and USD 500 for international delegates. There is a 20-percent discount for members of Clean Energy Access.

Summary of Event: This event is intended to provide a platform for dialogue among industry stakeholders regarding strategies for implementing Pradhaan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, India’s national financial inclusion program, and meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The conference will focus on topics such as: 1) identifying barriers to total financial inclusion in India; 2) increasing the operational efficiency of self-help groups; 3) accelerating the country’s National Rural Livelihoods Program; and 4) providing greater access to microfinance for farmers’ producer groups. Additionally, the Bharat Microfinance Report 2016, a statistical analysis of the financial inclusion sector in India, will be released at the conference.

Background on Organizers: Sa-Dhan is an association of Indian community development finance institutions, including microlenders, self-help groups (SHGs), banks and cooperatives. As of 2015, the association reports 242 member organizations in 20 Indian states. Sa-Dhan has been recognized by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as a self-regulatory organization, which gives Sa-Dhan the power to monitor microfinance organizations and the responsibility to ensure responsible lending and client protection. As of March 31, 2015, Sa-Dhan reports total assets of INR 40.7 million (USD 609,351).

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For additional information, you may contact the organization by phone at +911147144400 or email at contact[at]sa-dhan.org.

By Michelle Dold, Research Associate

Sources and Additional Information:

[1] MicroCapital Universe Profile: Sa-Dhan

[2] MicroCapital Universe Profile: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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