Our first Summit in 2003 had the underlying theme of “Imperatives for Inclusive Growth” - a lot earlier than even the usage of terms “Inclusive Growth” or “Financial Inclusion” by the regular economists, policy makers or even academic communities. Ever since, we have already organized subject related 25 National Level Summits, published seven books and brought out a specialized journal entitled “Inclusion”. Much of the policy changes brought about in the recent past have emanated from our study entitled “Speeding Financial Inclusion,” an unprecedented study that remains the only such academic work in the area of financial inclusion.
We organized the 26th Skoch Summit with the underlying theme of “Swabhimaan: Inclusive Growth & Beyond” on 2nd and 3rd June 2011 at Hotel Regency, Sahar Airport Road, Mumbai. The objective of the Summit was to bring the focus of financial inclusion back to poverty alleviation and inclusive growth rather than a mere no-frill account opening exercise, most of which still remain unused.
The Summit saw the release of Part II of the ongoing study “Revisiting Financial Inclusion”. The Skoch Development Foundation planned specialized conclaves on financial inclusion for minorities,gender response to budgeting and poverty alleviation on the sidelines of the Summit.