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About Madurai Symposium 2005

Come September 2005, Madurai , the temple city would host a festival for development to celebrate wide array of initiatives and innovations. All stakeholders of development Community Institutions, Civil Societies, Government, NGOs, Financial Institutions, Academic would converge at Madurai for the celebrations.

A host of development themes are being implemented for addressing poverty in the country. These interventions are promoted, nurtured and built around specific themes particularly, water and microfinance. In fact, globally, no other theme has dazzled and excited the development world as did / is being done by microfinance and water. Significant changes have been brought about in the lives of the poor. The local initiatives of communities are much pronounced in the developmental interventions and their achievements have been stupendous. In setting and shaping the future agenda, it is paramount to promote better understanding and harmony among the contemporary development issues and identifying priorities for future.

DHAN Foundation, Madurai will host a National Symposium on development interventions in the country, which will highlight the seminal contributions of interventions with microfinance and water besides significant achievements of women's organisations, NGOs working in various contexts, rural, tribal, urban, coastal and desert, etc. The key mainstream stakeholders banking institutions and various wings of the Government would also showcase their achievements. A series of conventions, conferences, seminars and rallies would mark the symposium. Microfinance is changing the face of poor and in the international year of micro credit, women from various federations, NGOs and Civil Society Groups will take stock of the unique contribution of microfinance for gender development. The festival also includes business fairs and cultural shows involving the traditional and modern performing arts, poster sessions and exhibition of crafts from various locations / groups from India .

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