The third global conference of the International Netwok of Alternative Financial Institutions (INAFI) which concluded recently, has reiterated that microcredit is the most powerful tool to fight

The lone South Asian who has attracted world attention more than anybody else, particularly for his highly acclaimed micro-credit system through a bank called the Grameen Bank, is Prof. Mohammad

The Centre has tied up with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) "to ensure adequate extension of reforms in the industrial and financial services to the whole field of rural development".

In an ominous portent for the already floundering state economy, the World Bank has removed Maharashtra from its position of top priority state in the country. Citing flouting of norms, the Bank

The Andhra Pradesh Government finds itself pitted against a small village which is holding out against its ambitious plans to locate the country's first international business school in the area. It


The South Pacific island of Fiji is suffering from a massive drought. The sugarcane crop of 1998 is well below normal production. Even the torrential rains due to La Nina, which lashed Australia,

The Rajasthan Government has constituted a permanent high-power committee to lay down the policies from time to time in connection with poverty alleviation and urban development in accordance with

More than 44 million Russians, or 30 per cent of the entire country, now live below the poverty line and the economic crisis appears likely to push the numbers even higher, according to government

United Nations' "Race Against Poverty" Award-1998 for the Asia-Pacific region, to be given by the U.N. Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan, has been bestowed on Fatima Bi, Sarpanch of Kalva village of

Amartya : Economics Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has said that the basic problem with India is that it has ignored education, health care and other aspects of 'social opportunity building' . At a