Monday, July 26, 2010

Women's World Banking | Investing in Women, Transforming Lives

Women's World Banking Investing in Women, Transforming Lives

Today, I am going to deliver a guest lecture in a Program on Entrepreneurship at Manipal Institute of Management, Manipal. Dr AP Achar, the coordinator requested me to speak on Social Entrepreneurship, on which I did some work last year and presented a paper in August, 2009. In the process of collecting some information, I came across a few organisations working for women's emancipation, particularly in rural areas.

Till recently, I was reading a book titled 'Banker to the Poor' by Dr Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, who received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006. I am quoting his three books to the audience. I am also referring to number of Indian Entrepreneurs including some prominent women. While reading about women, I came across quite a few - Shahnaz Hussain, Lizzat Papad, SEWA (Ila Bhatt), Vandana Luthra, Mallika Srinivasan, Madhura Chatrapathy, Kiran M Shaw, Ekta Kapoor, et al.

And referring to the microfinancing, I also laid my hands on Dr Johh Hatch's Village Banking (FINCA), The Unstoppable Indians in a NDTV Show uploaded in; Ms Ila Behn or Bhatt's SEWA (; Shri Mahila Gruh Udyog's Lizzat Papad (; Bill Drayton's; and an interesting reference made to Mother Teresa as an Entrepreneur by Subroto Bagchi in his 2nd book "Go Kiss The World".

And here, I am giving a link to the Women's World Bank (I am sure many are not aware of its existence). The range of activities carried out by the Bank are commendable. They also publish a quarterly newsletter. One should patiently go through the site and encourage them. They are operating in atleast 28 countries including India (pl see More information can be had from their website or

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