Financial Inclusion in India: Progress for the Poorest - A Policy Guide Review

This is a review of the Financial Inclusion Policy Guide, by Manuela Kristin Günther. Financial inclusion has become a hot topic in the field of poverty eradication and prevention of impoverishment. Many countries have now set targets for 100% inclusion by 2025. In recent times, India has been on the global forefront of Government-led interventions, rapidly advancing towards near-universal financial inclusion. 

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Upcoming conference on Pro-poorest Growth

The Asian Development Bank and the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network are pleased to announce the conference: Incorporating Pro-poorest Growth in the SDGs: Moving beyond the MDGs. Manila, Philippines  26-27 April 2016. As a forum for discussion for renowned academic, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, the conference aims to present the latest research evidence and to generate a series of practical and relevant recommendations for policy makers on pro-poorest growth. 

Photo Credit: A child peeks through the window of a classroom - Shreeshitalacom Lower Secondary School. Kaski, Nepal. Photo: © Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank - Photo ID: SDM-NP-058 World Bank


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Who will be paying to get to zero extreme poverty? Reflections on the zero draft of the ‘Addis Ababa Accord’

Meeting the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) – i.e. getting to zero extreme poverty everywhere by 2030, is not going to be easy, nor cheap. Business as usual won’t do, and doing things differently should include framing policy making for poverty eradication in terms of poverty dynamics: policies to bring the chronically poor up to the poverty line, policies to support escapes from poverty of those who have reached the poverty line, and policies to prevent impoverishment (Shepherd et al., 2014). While different policy packages will be required in different contexts, three areas of interventions will be essential everywhere and for all poverty dynamics

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