Developing Financial Systems: Course for Microfinance

August 13, 2012 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
World Bank "J" Building 701 18th Street, NW Washington, D.C. Room JB-1 075

Course schedule for 2012:
16-20 April 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya (in English)
12-16 November 2012 in Dakar, Senegal (in French)

Why Attend?
Microfinance is a rapidly changing field. From its early days as credit only programs, it has evolved to being about building inclusive financial systems for all poor and underserved people. Donors and investors are seeking a critical understanding of their roles and value‐added in this new environment. They also want to take advantage of innovations to scale up access to finance and achieve their development goals.

Participants to the CGAP Course for Funders of Microfinance will gain knowledge of the broader microfinance landscape and current topics, as well as the nuts and bolts of how to effectively fund different kinds of interventions.

Who should attend the course?
This course is tailored for donors and investors, and it is primarily designed for project managers and investment officers making funding decisions on microfinance. They may be new or recent to microfinance, with previous experience in other development sectors or the financial sector. It is also useful for persons interested in a refresher on latest developments and trends in microfinance.

What will participants learn?
This course uses the latest adult education techniques to deliver a full curriculum that equips participants with a solid grounding in microfinance and the tools to make sound financing decisions. At the heart of the teaching methodology are case studies and group work that are built on real‐life situations, allowing participants to learn in a creative and interactive method. The course involves a site visit to MFIs in the country of instruction.

Participants attending the full course (5 days) will benefit from carefully sequenced sessions that lead up to practical application of good practice principles. Those staying for the short course (3 days) will receive a thorough overview of the fundamentals of microfinance.

What do alumni of the course say?
Over 700 participants from 70 countries attended the courses organized in the last five years and have consistently rated it highly; average ratings have been 4.5 out of 5. This is what some of them said:

“It's a very practical and relevant course. The course touched on all areas that I wanted to learn more about.”

“Everything was so incredibly beneficial and important!”

"The training was excellent -- and the field visit was the highlight of my trip. Bringing the training to the field was a plus factor because it highlighted how dynamic and varied the microfinance field is."
"I have really enjoyed this training; I have just been assigned a new microfinance portfolio therefore the timing is just right."

"I would like to thank you again for providing us with such a wonderful five-day workshop. I think we learned a lot about internationally recognized practices and methods."

"Very impressive preparation and course, excellent selection of participants, very rich and diversified course content."

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