Institute of micro-finance and cooperative development.

Chairman Message

It gives me a great pleasure to announce that Centre for Self-help Development (CSD) has successfully completed more than two decades of its service. CSD has shown relentless efforts in supporting the poor and disadvantaged groups both in past and present, through its Self-help Banking Program (SBP) and several capacity building programs. It provides training support to various MFIs including development banks, microfinance banks, cooperatives and financial intermediary non-governmental organizations (FINGOs).

CSD sought to address the burning issues in microfinance sector that are growing to be more challenging with the passing of time. CSD takes an advantage of bringing together wide range of field practitioners; from managerial level professionals to the front line staff and help enable them to be more rational and efficient in their jobs. 

After transferring microfinance operations to Swabalamban Laghubitta Bikas Bank (SLBB) CSD solely focused on capacity building and knowledge dissemination so that the microfinance industry remains strong and effective in pursuing its vision of providing access to financial services to the most disadvantaged sections of our society.

We are happy to see our efforts being appreciated. Trainees come to participate from different parts of Nepal and we equip them with the best of everything we do to place them with the right information, build their confidence and make them serve right to the bottom end.

In coming years we have much more to do to strengthen microfinance industry. More training programs have to be organized and researches to be carried out to make the industry informative and hold on to best practices by the MFIs. Coming years are full of hopes and opportunities. We are looking forward to show best examples to the trainees by organizing exposure study visits. It will make most of the programs to stop malpractices of the industry and transform human resources and energy to benefit the deprived masses. CSD will strive to create more opportunity of learning and unleashing the potentials of poor people in utilizing microfinance products and services to their optimum benefit.

I would like to thank all the organizations, commercial banks, development banks, stakeholders and well wishers for their valuable support and cooperation extended to CSD for carrying out its activities smoothly.

I also express my sincere thanks to the members of Governing Board for their valuable support and suggestions, and all the staff members of CSD for their diligence and hard work to attain the mission and goals of CSD.


Mr. Shankar Man Shrestha