Self-Help Group and linkage banking programme has come a long way from a small pilot project of NABARD to become a major poverty financing programme in India. Several organisations have participated in the country-wide programme with several models, but the essence remained the banking linkage through groups of poor women. DHAN Foundation's programme named as Kalanjiam Community Banking Programme is one such big programme in the country with projects being operated across several blocks in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

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US, Australia move up in list of benefactor nations

Supreme Court order on Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) dated 20/04/2004 in the matter of People's Union for Civil Liberties Vs Union of India & Ors.

Other local associations can also manage watersheds effectively

The World Social Forum WSF concluded in Mumbai. Then began the World Economic Forum in Davos. A little before these, a glitzy automobile fair in Delhi. One after the other, loud and strident

A closer knit South Asian community is not beyond the realms of possibility now. At the 12th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit in Islamabad from January 4 6, leaders of the region took some of the boldest steps ever since the groupin

The market, simply, cannot be left alone

A slew of elementary schemes aim to alleviate poverty

Concepts of environmental conservation and management are directly linked to the practice of development. Development has been seen as not only an instrument to increase production, but also to remove poverty. But anti-poverty schemes in India have not been sustainable and are conditioned by the kind of finance available for their implementation.