Media versus Microfinance @ Srijan Financial Inclusion Forum 2010
A very interesting discussion between the Media and the Leaders in Microfinance was organized before the end of Day 1 at the Srijan Financial Inclusion Forum 2010 in Mumbai. This probably was one of those rare occasions where we witnessed the Media and the Leaders from Microfinance coming together at one common platform to participate in a debate. The clear objective of the discussion was to figure out Why Media was against MFI or Why there were more Negative Stories on MFIs than otherwise.
Participating in the discussion were eminent personnel from the industry - Sumir Chadha - MD, Sequoia, Alok Prasad- CEO, MFIN, P.N Vasudevan – Founder and MD, Equitas, CS Ghosh – MD, Bandhan. Key personnel from the Media included Tamal Bandyopadhyay, Deputy Managing Editor, Mint and Shloka Nath, Principal Correspondent, Forbes India.
While there were lot of interesting things that came to the surface during the discussion, the key highlights to me were:
There were some key discussions points and remarks, from the media’s side -“There is no such thing as a positive or negative story, but just facts presented by the Media”, and “Once we understand that if MFI becomes a success we will be looking at a very different India from what it is today” this coming from the MFIs. We believe the debate has atleast started, once a dialogue begins conclusion is round the corner and hopefully media and MFIs can both works on the points raised.