March 18 - 29, 2013 (Application Closed)
Offering in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
This two-week certificate course focuses on building skills and knowledge in community-based approaches to microfinance. The course emphasis is on savings-led models, such as village savings and loan associations (VSLAs), self-help groups (SHGs), financial cooperatives and credit unions, and other member-owned microfinance models from across the world.
Community-based approaches are critical for achieving deeper financial inclusion and to reach those who are not served by banks or even microfinance institutions. These approaches not only provide access to financial services, but also build solidarity and social capital, especially among women and other unreached communities, and empower them to manage their livelihoods and lives.
Participants will learn about latest developments and innovations in the field through in-depth case-studies, field visits, and with experienced guest faculty / practitioners. The course brings together the right mix of practice and theory and shares practical tools and material..
Ideal for mid-to-senior-level people in NGOs, financial cooperatives, rural finance practitioners, MFIs and bankers serving informal groups, regulators and government agencies, trainers, and donors promoting community-based approaches to microfinance. Two years' experience in microfinance or economic development field is desirable.
Total fees are $1,900 CAD. This does not cover the cost of accommodation or meals.
Specific scholarships are available through The MasterCard Foundation's Scholar's Program for certificates in the Coady Institute's Community-Based Microfinance and Livelihoods and Markets.
The Coady Institute’s Certificates in Community Based Microfinance or Livelihoods and Markets will be held at the Organization for Women in Self Employment (WISE) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Applicants should apply at least two months before the start of the program. Applications are assessed as soon as they are received so apply early to ensure time for making travel and visa arrangements.
The Certificate Program Application form can be downloaded here and should be directed to:
Admissions Officer – Coady International Institute
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000, Antigonish, NS, Canada B2G 2W5
Phone 902.867.3953 Fax 902.867.3907