Attitudes of rural branch managers in Madhya Pradesh, India, toward their role as providers of financial services to the poor
Jones, H., Williams, M., Thorat, Y. and Thorat, A. (2003) Attitudes of rural branch managers in Madhya Pradesh, India, toward their role as providers of financial services to the poor. Journal of Microfinance, 5 (2). pp. 140-167. ISSN 1527-4314
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Discussions on banking reforms to reduce financial exclusion have referred little to possible attitudinal constraints, on the part of staff at both branch and institutional levels, inhibiting the provision of financial services to the poor. The research project, funded by the ESCOR (now Social Science Research) Small Grants Committee, has focused on this aspect of financial exclusion. The research commenced in May 2001 and was completed in April 2002. Profiles of the rural bank branch managers, including personal background, professional background and workplace, are presented. Attitudes of managers toward aspects of their work environment and the rural poor are examined, using results from both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Finally, the emerging policy implications are discussed. These include bank reforms to address human resource management, the work environment, intermediate bank management and organization, and the client interface.