This course description is indicative, and only for reference purposes. The course is not scheduled unless advertised in our calendar. If you are interested in this course, or require a customized course that is similar to this, please note that fees start from USD 25,000 for a two-week course. This fee is for a customized course for ten or fewer participants. For additional participants, the fee is USD 2500 per participant.
For these fees, the client may customize the course to the precise needs of the client's organization. Scheduling will be in consultation with the client.
Participants: Experienced practitioners who seek to play a leadership role in defining the future of microfinance.
Course Brief: Microfinance is a rapidly changing field. It encompasses today a range of financial services (savings, credit, insurance, remittances and transfers) provided to a diverse clientele (poor landless women, retirees, urban families, rural entrepreneurs) through a variety of institutions (banks, NGOs, credit unions). This advanced practitioners’ course, therefore, takes a sector approach to microfinance-sector development. It helps clients identify the place of microfinance within the mainstream financial sector as a whole and adopt strategies and programs that ensure that microfinance fills identified gaps according to market context.
The course explores five key facets of microfinance, namely, financial transparency, enabling policy frameworks and government effectiveness in microfinance, poverty outreach, institution building, and donor effectiveness. It guides participants in focusing on two equally important microfinance-development objectives: the development and expansion of strong MFIs and the promotion of client-responsive products and services with the potential to reach more. It explores five trends likely to radically change microfinance in the immediate future and critiques the new generation of MFIs, which emphasize profit, best practices, technology, and eschew the notion that microfinance is a social business with no profit and no loss.