UMM Award for Sustainable Hyderabad Researcher

Saikumar C. Bharamappanavara, Doctoral Researcher in Agricultural Economics (Division of Cooperative Sciences) at Humboldt University, received the 2nd prize of the University Meets Microfinance Awards 2009 for his Masters thesis in the International Master of Rural Development. Regarded as “Best thesis” and outstanding research work on microfinance, his “The Performance of Microcredit Organisations – A Comparative Perspective” emphasizes examination of factors influencing the performance and collective action of three microcredit delivery models operating in India, based on empirical research Bharamappanavara carried out in three taluks (counties) of Davanagere district in Karnataka state.

Bharamappanavara is currently working on, the “Analysis of Self Help Group microcredit organisations to combat poverty in a growing megacity: The case of Hyderabad (India)”. The main focus here is addressing the institutions and governance of urban and rural Self-Help Groups (SHG) and understanding the impact of incentives, services offered and further collective-action dynamics among SHG members. The emphasis is on poverty and adaptation capacities of lower-income groups to make lifestyle changes required by the climate change transition process of an emerging megacity.

The thesis has also been published as a book and can be bought here.