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Conference on Inclusive Growth and Microfinance Access in Varanasi on Jan 29-30, 2011

The Faculty of Management Studies , Benaras Hindu University will be organizing

CIGMA 2011 – A Conference on Inclusive Growth and Microfinance Access

The Genesis

Financial sector policies in India has long been driven by the objective of increasing financial inclusion, but the goal of universal inclusion is still a distant dream. For a financial system to be truly inclusive, it should meet the needs of everyone who can fruitfully use financial services, including the poor.

For the developing countries like India, microfinance has come as a breakthrough in the philosophy and practices of poverty eradication, economic empowerment and inclusive growth. Yet given the enormity of economic compulsions and complexities in developing countries, microfinance is an unfinished agenda.

However, over the last several years, the Indian microfinance industry has undergone considerable evolution. The poor need a diverse range of financial instruments to be able to build assets, stabilize consumption and protect themselves against risks. It is achieved through investing money received through micro finance with or without the help of NGOs in business depending upon their capacity and capability.

It is expected that micro finance can help the poor to increase income, build viable businesses, and reduce their vulnerability to external shocks. Researches and studies show that there is need for deepening / new product / different model for microfinance as the existing level has not helped them sufficiently to come out of poverty.

Therefore, in response to the prevailing scenario, Faculty of Management Studies, BHU is proud to organize a two day conference on the theme of ‘Inclusive Growth and Microfinance Access’ on 29-30th January 2011 at the University campus. The event will bring together investors, policymakers, social entrepreneurs, practitioners, small business owners, academicians , researchers and curious individuals to explore how microfinance produces jobs, increases incomes, and create opportunities to build stable and sustainable communities.

The objective of the conference is to provide a platform for evolving strategies for accelerated inclusive growth, provide constructive suggestions to policy makers, to explore innovations in the area and the way forward.

January 29-30, 2011 – Time: 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM


Faculty of Management Studies,

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi – 221005

Registration Fees:

The following non residential fee per participant is payable by cash or through a demand draft in favour of the Dean, Faculty of  Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University payable at Varanasi.

Professionals: Rs. 4000/-
Academicians: Rs. 1500/-
Students: Rs. 750/-

Contact Info

Dr. H.P. Mathur
91 9415203146, 91 542 6701413
Secretary General, CIGMA-2011 Faculty of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi – 221005

Email :
Website : Hindu University Microfinance

Call for Microfinance related Papers

Original articles, research papers and case studies from both academic’s and practitioners are invited for presentation.Selected papers will be published in the form of a book.

The Best Paper Award, Best Student Paper Award, Best Poster Award and Best Case Study Award will be given for contributions showing outstanding merit and deserving recognition. For details logon to

Important Dates

Last date for submitting abstract: 19-11-10

Last date for submitting full paper: 30-11-10

Last date for submitting revised paper: 15-12-10

Who will Participate ?

=Microfinance Instiutions
=Social Entrepreneurs
=The academicians and researchers who are involved in sharing their views on microfinance and its impact on economies.
=Experts from the Private Sector, Development Banks and Foundations.
=The Consultants and government officials.
=The students aspiring to become a part of managing rapid growth in the vibrant environment.

Who will deliberate: Experts from the industry and Academicians from renowned Business Schools. Conceptualization, paper presentation and case discussions will be done.

Assistance may be provided on request for booking of accommodation on payment basis.

Programme Sessions :

Registration will start at 9.30 a.m. to be followed by the inaugural session at 10 a.m. The program is divided into various technical sessions covering the following aspects:

=Deepening Microfinance

=Microfinance Regulations

=New products and market segments in Microfinance

=Linking microfinance to traditional banking system

=Strengthening Financial Literacy

=Islamic microfinance

=Micro-insurance for household shocks

=Social entrepreneurship

=Social Performance Measurement

Guidelines for Authors:

1. An electronic version of the manuscript in MS Word format should be submitted via E mail and a hard copy to be couriered.

2. All text should be in single space with 1-inch margins on all the sides on (A4) size paper using a font of size 10 with Arial.

3. The first page of the manuscript should have the title of the paper, name of the author(s), organizational affiliation, complete mailing address, phone number, fax number and e-mail address. Second page of manuscript should have the abstract of no more than 300 words.

4. All tables, charts, and graphs should be prepared on separate sheets after the references section, and numbered continuously in Arabic numerical as referred to in the text. The sources, wherever necessary, should be mentioned at the bottom.

5. Last page of the manuscript must have a brief autobiographical sketch of all the authors, about 100 words for each author.

6. References should be arranged in alphabetical order.

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