Training opportunities

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Community-Based Microfinance For Financial Inclusion

Monday, March 21, 2016 to Friday, December 16, 2016

This course charts the journey from microredit and microfinance to a more holistic financial inclusion agenda; with the focus on community owned and based microfinance models. Participants will go through in-depth study of members owned models such as Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), Self-Help-Groups (SHGs), Financial Cooperatives and Credit Unions, and the latest developments and innovations on the ground including informal savings groups linkages with Banks and MFIs, mobile banking, II tier institutions and value-chain finance.

Who Should Participate?:

This program is intended for mid-to-senior-level practitioners from NGOs, financial cooperatives, rural finance institutions, MFIs and bankers interested in serving rural regions; and also for banking regulators and government officials, trainers, and donors engaged in financial inclusion agenda. Two years’ work experience in microfinance or in the field of economic development is desirable.

Course Fee:

Tuition Fee is Canadian $ 1,900. The fee includes classroom material, field trips, lunch and snacks during breaks, airport pick-up and daily pick-up from selected hotels. Participants are responsible other expenses such as cost of travel, visa fee, hotel and meals. Once application is accepted, information will be provided regarding recommended Hotels for staying and other logistics.


A few partial or full scholarships are available for qualifying applicants. Women practitioners are especially encouraged to apply.  Scholarships are available through the MasterCard Foundation Microfinance Scholars Program.

How to Apply:

Applicants should apply as soon as possible. Applications are assessed as soon as they are received so apply early to ensure time for making travel and visa arrangements.

This course is offered three times per year:
March 21 – April 1, 2016 – Addis, Ethiopia
May 9 – 27, 2016 – Coady campus, Canada
December 5 – 16, 2016 – India