Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, November 14, 2011

Student documentary on microfinance in India available online

Student Colin Christopher's documentary on microfinance in India is available on YouTube. Christopher showed A Sinking Ship, Microfinance and the Andhra Pradesh Crisis at the La Follette School on November 1. "It was an honor to hold the first public screening in the US @ La Follette, and I really appreciated the opportunity," he says.

Christopher interned with Basix, a for-profit livelihood promotion institution. He traveled around the state of Andhra Pradesh and spoke with bankers, regulators, academics, firms and farmers about microfinance. He put together the 18-minute documentary on the trends and role of microfinance in India's economy. At the end of his internship, Christopher worked with a member of India's Parliament to formulate a legislative strategy for passing a comprehensive legal framework to regulate microfinance in India.

Christopher is a second-year student working on a Master of International Public Affairs degree.