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October 2021 - Rising Prices Dim the Cheer of a Recovering Economy

This Diwali just might see more cheer than expected as the aftermath of the second wave recedes. Several high-frequency indicators have shown a recovery to pre-pandemic levels – the Nomura India Business...Continue Reading

September 2021 - PhonePe's data dashboard shows the way; Will NPCI and RBI oblige too?

India is going through a V-shaped recovery, as the impact of the second wave recedes. However, growth numbers, especially the latest official 20.1% year on year...Continue Reading

August 2021 - Listening to the Customer is Key to Expanding Inclusion

As the second wave of the pandemic died down in India, the economy began a patchy recovery – Markit PMI for Manufacturing soared sharply in July into expansion zone, from the contraction seen in June, while the...Continue Reading

July 2021 - RBI Steps Forward on Activity-based Regulation for Microfinance

With the second wave of the pandemic receded, the economy is picking up slowly. However, local restrictions continue in some states and a lull in monsoon held back sowing of the kharif crop The Markit PMI...Continue Reading

June 2021 - Coordinated Approach at District Level Needed for Inclusion for the Last...

The times are bad, very bad. Last year, with a drastic national lockdown, India chose to save lives over livelihoods. This year, the count of lives lost is growing...Continue Reading

May 2021 - The Second Wave hits Lives and Livelihoods

The times are bad, very bad. Last year, with a drastic national lockdown, India chose to save lives over livelihoods. This year, the count of lives lost is growing and livelihoods are severely strained again, as the...Continue Reading

April 2021 - Digital Inclusion – New Risks, New Learnings

The month of March reminded us that the pandemic is not over yet, with a sudden dramatic surge, especially in Maharashtra where active cases surpassed the peak last seen in September. This year the...Continue Reading

March 2021 - Bringing Women into the Financial Inclusion Discourse - Begin with Data!

The economy has swung back on most fronts, and India is officially out of the technical recession, induced by Covid-19. However, growth estimates will be...Continue Reading

February 2021 - Bringing Women into the Financial Inclusion Discourse - Begin with Data!

The mood in the country has changed - the graph of new Covid-19 cases is trending sharply down in India, vaccinations have begun in full earnest, GST collections...Continue Reading

January 2021 - Last-mile Challenges Hold Up Inclusive Growth

The uncertainty of the past year continues, even as vaccines have already begun rolling out. The global economy remains under a cloud as the UK, Europe and now Japan come under severe restrictions once again...Continue Reading

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