C.S. Reddy is the founding CEO of APMAS, a national level technical support organization with a vision of “Sustainable Women Self-Help Movement in India”. He has over 22 years of experience in the development sector, particularly in the microfinance and livelihood sectors, focusing on a community-based model of microfinance.
Mr. Reddy has written extensively about the SHG movement in India and the strategies to sustain the movement. Mr. Reddy worked with CARE International in India for a period of 12 years and was State Director of CARE in Andhra Pradesh when left CARE. He provided advisory and consultancy services to the IFAD, World Bank, DFID, CGAP, GTZ, CARE, CRS, Raks Thai Foundation of Thailand, state governments and a large number of NGOs in India.
He is presently a member of the India Planning Commission’s Steering Committee on Rural Livelihoods and Rural Governance for the 12th five-year plan. He also chairs a working group on National Rural Livelihood Mission to make recommendations for the next five years.
His areas of expertise include institution development, training, project design, logframe methodology, SHGs and SHG federations, microfinance, livelihood promotion, governance of community-based organizations, research and advocacy and government – NGO collaboration. Mr. Reddy is leading an initiative to promoting the national network of resource organizations called ENABLE to build the capacity of self-help promoting institutions in India and to advocate for a supportive policy environment. Evolving a system of self-regulation for SHGs and their federations is another area of his interest and engagement.
Mr. Reddy has a Masters and M.Phil in Statistics and Operations Research.