rajiajwani has written 30 posts for Banking-Microfinance-Sustainable Development

Children of a Lesser God: The Need to Mainstream the Specially Abled

According to the Indian National Sample Survey (NSS-58th Round) carried out between July December 2002, the number of disabled persons in India was 18.49 million .They formed about 1.8 percent of the total estimated population. About 10.63 per cent of the disabled persons suffered from more than one type of following disabilities, (i) mental disability … Continue reading

Does India Really Need a Women-centric Bank?

With plenty of banks and microfinance services already available, does India’s new bank have the right strategy to empower poor and rural women? Appended is the link to my article which was recently featured in the Policy Innovations Magazine published by the Carnegie Council, New York. Please click the link given below to review the … Continue reading

The Execution of Financial Inclusion- Oh What a Confusion !

( Picture  : Taken by the author during a research visit in the slums of Pune city)   Financial Inclusion generally gets a fresh lease around elections, When the mango person becomes the cynosure of a lot of attention   There is an accelerated push to open theme based banks Women centric, poor centric to … Continue reading

Sustainable rural livelihood security in the backward Districts of Maharashtra

Sustainable rural livelihood security in the backward Districts of Maharashtra  The research paper authored by Raji Ajwani Ramchandani & Ms. Preeti Karmarkar has just been published by ScienceDirect.Com The paper covers the BAIF led NAIP (Component 3 ) sub project which commenced in 2007 in 76 villages of five backward districts of Maharashtra with the objective … Continue reading

Forging India’s New CSR Mandate

Forging India’s New CSR Mandate This article critiques the CSR Bill which has been introduced recently as an ammendment  to  the Companies Act. This was published in the latest issue of the ‘Policy Innovations’ magazine which is published by the Carnegie Council of New York.

Tomorrow’s Child : A Poem

In a world of many, much and more We seemed to have lost the things that matter most The beauty of the rising sun and wind And the purity of the water we drink We want fast cars, quick sales and bigger mills To keep up with Jack’s, Jone’s and the Jill’s Hence we demolish … Continue reading

Standing Tall : Overcoming Challenges with the support of community based microfinance( Self Help Groups)

Manisha has a sunny smile and a spunky attitude. Although she is differently abled its something that she has accepted and taken in her stride. ” Nobody wants to marry me because of my back issue” she says but she credits the support of her entire village (Vetale-Maharashtra) and particularly the confidence given to her … Continue reading

The Desire to Learn….: About Microfinance & Woman Empowerment

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=589164367760680&l=4569796792062009770 (Click to View Video) The appended video features Meera Bankar of Khed District in Maharashtra. Meera was married at the age of fifteen after a family tragedy. She had studied upto Class 9 and had to stop studying after her marriage since she had to shoulder family responsibilities ( work in the fields, tend … Continue reading

Buds of Hope :Jasmine Floriculture Initiative by the Tribal Farmers in Maharashtra’s Vikramgadh Block (Thane District)

Buds of Hope :jasmine Flori-culture Initiative by the Tribal Farmers in Maharashtra’s Vikramgadh Block (Thane District) The article covers the jasmine (also known as mogra in Hindi and Marathi) flori-culture initiative undertaken by the tribal (‘katkari’) farmers in the Vikramgadh block of Thane district. Technical assistance from a local NGO,  has helped these poor farmers … Continue reading

“Banking” on Themselves: Self-Help Groups Empower Women

Article about the Impact of Women SHG’s on empowering rural women (Chimbali Village-Maharashtra)(click link to read article) This article appeared in the online magazine of the Carnegie Council (New York) called “Policy Innovations’ and is based upon primary data collected from the Chimbali village in Maharashtra. The affiliation with the SHG’s has united the local … Continue reading

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