Training opportunities

09- 27
Community-Based Microfinance For Financial Inclusion

Monday, May 9, 2016 to Friday, May 27, 2016

This course charts the journey from microcredit 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:

Canadian $ 3,500 (Tuition Fee: 2,350 Accommodation and Meals: 1,350)


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.