Integrating the financial value chain

In 2006, ACCESS Development Services was set up with support from DFID (Govt. of UK as a legacy institution to consolidate and build the experiences of a large well run DFID funded microfinance programme - CASHE (Credit and Savings for Household Enterprises). ACCESS was incorporated as a "not for profit" (Section 25) Co. to support the organized growth of the microfinance sector in India. Although the original mandate for ACCESS was to engage at all levels of the financial value chain and catalyze greater flow of financial services to the poor. READ MORE

Inclusive finance India initiative

Inclusive finance India initiative

Strengthening the Financial Ecosystem & the Enabling Environment

The Inclusive Finance India platform was instituted in 2004 as the annual Microfinance India Summit, a forum designed to bring together a range of stakeholders interested and invested in the two microfinance channels – the MFIs and the SHG bank linkage model – in order to share experiences and flag policy and practice issues. Over time, various sub-initiatives (the State of the Sector Report, Awards, and Policy Roundtables) were added with the Microfinance India platform evolving into a comprehensive the go to forum for deliberations and networking, attracting a diverse set of global and Indian participants. READ MORE

Advisory & technical assistance

Building Capacity Builders & Providing Techno-Managerial Support to the Sector

ASSIST has provided technical assistance and hand holding in the area of management of community based microfinance models to partner of GIZ, PLAN International as well as supported SHG federations promoted through government programmes. ASSIST has partnered with NABARD for developing and testing SHPI grading tool, and was an empanelled agency with SIDBI for code of conduct compliance assessments of MFIs for several years. ASSIST also conducts assessments of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) for them to apply for loans from formal financial institutions. READ MORE

Advisory & technical assistance
Building financial capabilities

Building financial capabilities

Developing Innovative Pedagogy in Financial Education

On the ground, ASSIST works directly with the community – women, poor and low income households and micro enterprises – to enhance their financial capabilities, thereby strengthening the demand side in order that they become active users of financial services in a manner that these services help them manage money better and mitigate financial risks. ASSIST’s work in financial capability includes both financial capability building for poor households and business capability building for micro-enterprises. READ MORE

our partners

ASSIST has been fortunate to have received a groundswell of support from several diverse stakeholders who have contributed to the organization's work as advisors, funders, technical partners and well wishers. read more