Training opportunities

07- 11
Making Microfinance Work : Managing Product Diversification

Monday, May 7, 2018 to Friday, May 11, 2018

This training program helps microfinance institutions (MFIs) to diversify their product portfolio in a strategic and cost-effective manner. It covers different types of products, such as savings, micro-insurance, leasing, money transfers and non-financial services, analyzing examples from MFIs around the world to illustrate variations in the way these products can be delivered. The course helps microfinance managers to explore the characteristics of new market segments, the nature of the product mix that can meet the need of each segment, and the strategies that MFIs are using to successfully serve different markets. Participants will analyze ways to manage the opportunities and risks of diversification in order to generate maximum value for MFIs and their clients. This training course is part of the ILO/ITCILO Making Microfinance Work Program.

Target Audience:

The course is designed for middle and higher level managers in microfinance institutions. It is relevant to institutions that have already diversified and are looking for ways to manage their diversification more effectively, as well as institutions that have not yet diversified and are seeking guidance on where and how to start. This course is also useful for funding agencies and technical assistance providers who are trying to support the diversification efforts of MFIs.


  • To raise awareness of the opportunities and risks that product diversification presents;
  • To explore options for improving MFI outreach through product diversification;
  • To provide tools and strategies for managing product diversification successfully;
  • To encourage a more proactive management of MFI product portfolios over time.


  • Tuition fee: EUR 1,600 
  • Subsistence cee: EUR 615 
  • Total Cost: EUR 2,215