Event: The Global Implications of India’s Microcredit Crisis

December 06, 2010
An event this Thursday for those of you in Washington, DC.... Update: A video record of the event is here.

The Center for Global Development presentsThe Global Implications of India’s Microcredit Crisis

Thursday, December 9, 20102:00 – 3:30 P.M.

The largest crisis in the history of microfinance is now unfolding in India. After five years of growth so fast it has been described as “indescribable,” and after a lucrative initial public offering (IPO) by the leading firm, the government of the state of Andhra Pradesh has cracked down. Amid reports of microcredit-linked suicides, the state has urged borrowers to stop repaying, and millions have heeded the call. Bankruptcies of some of the world’s largest microcreditors are now a realistic possibility.What is the reality of microcredit in India? Is the backlash an engineered campaign to protect a government-run (and World Bank–financed) program from private-sector competition? Or has the fast growth in credit ensnared the poor in debt? Some of each?And what lessons does the crisis hold for actors worldwide, including microfinance institutions and investors ranging from the World Bank to Kiva users? When is microcredit—and investment in it—too much of a good thing?FeaturingDavid RoodmanSenior Fellow, Center for Global DevelopmentStephen RasmussenTechnology Program Manager, CGAP, World BankSwaminathan AiyarConsulting Editor, Economic TimesContributor, Times of IndiaResearch Fellow, Cato InstituteLiliana Rojas-SuarezSenior Fellow, Center for Global DevelopmentBeth RhyneManaging Director, Center for Financial Inclusion, ACCION InternationalModerated byLawrence MacDonaldVice President of Communications & Outreach, Center for Global DevelopmentatCenter for Global Development1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Third FloorClosest Metro: Red Line (Dupont: South Exit)*Please bring photo identification*REGISTER HERE


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