Recent blog posts by Rahil
Aug 28, 2013
Based on research that spans 22 cities, and discussions with 27 low-income-housing developers, nine housing finance corporations and more than 700 customers, a new report notes significant sectorwide growth of India's affordable housing market.
May 09, 2013
How do Indian families living in urban poverty approach health care? To answer this question and better understand how to structure emergency health loans for India’s urban poor, the foundation recently commissioned a study of families in five Mumbai slums.
Jan 09, 2013
Cost-intensive cash micropayments burden both customers and microfinance institutions. A new mobile payment pilot from Swadhaar, Airtel and Axis bank may streamline costs if regulatory complexities can be overcome.
Oct 29, 2012
India’s cities are home to roughly 377 million people. An estimated 26 percent – 97 million – are officially poor. That’s equivalent to the combined populations of Canada and the U.K. Now, imagine half the expecting mothers in Canada and the U.K. don’t have access to safe delivery options, 71 percent of the children are anemic, and 47 percent are malnourished.
Aug 19, 2012
“We don’t need subsidies” is not what India’s Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) was expecting to hear at a recent Affordable Housing Workshop. But that’s exactly what housing developers catering to the needs of the urban poor had to say.
Jul 19, 2012
The next phase of hard work for microfinance - instilling a consistent framework for effective social performance management - is just beginning.
Jun 26, 2012
Unless housing finance companies, developers and builders serving low-income buyers take the time to understand their customers, our nation's nascent – and desperately needed – affordable housing market will fail to take off.
Apr 19, 2012
We’re witnessing the rise of a low-income housing market in India. Since success is anything but a given, government support is critical. So is keeping a careful eye on unintended consequences.
Mar 27, 2012
Greg Smith’s much tweeted New York Times op-ed, “Why I am Leaving Goldman Sachs,” reminded me, once again, of how critical it is to keep the client at the center of a finance company’s business.
Feb 21, 2012
Forbes India recently published a piece on what ails microfinance. The article, which reviews David Roodman and Jonathan Morduch's research on the industry, starts provocatively by challenging the assumption that microfinance is a force for good. But it seems to deliberately misrepresent – or at least wildly oversimplify – Roodman and Morduch’s findings.